Dyffryn Ogwen - Soundmaps and Interventions

by David Hopewell

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These two tracks explore the sounds of a landscape, from the drones and percussion of fence-wires in a gale, to the roar of torrent, to the pointillistic sounds of mud bubbles bursting on the foreshore. The sounds of cars, children, musicians and a poet declaiming in a pub are all part of the valley and are combined to produce an immersive sound-map.

Environmental recordings form the backbone of the piece; there are however, some interventions. Two short spoken pieces, lines taken from a writer’s notebook, capture the valley in words in a parallel process to the capturing of sounds by microphones. The second track includes the shifting drones of aeolian instruments, their pitch and timbre a reflection of the gusts and eddies of the wind.


released July 2, 2012

David Hopewell: Field recordings, sound manipulation, aeolian instruments
Kathy Hopewell: Words
Rhys Trimble: Declamation
The Llangollen Session Crew: The music of Bethesda


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