Now available from Prefecture Music
Perri Howard, Steve Peters, Toby Paddock, Doug Haire, Jonathan Way, Dale Loyd, Pete Comley, Christopher DeLaurenti and Steve Barsotti.
“On this LP, the SPU improvises inside Building 27 and WNP-5; these two remarkable acoustic environments not only transformed our field recordings, but guided these live, unedited improvisations. A decommissioned aircraft hangar at the former Sand Point Naval Air Station, Building 27 melds our sounds with audience footsteps and murmuring, along with, in quieter moments, birds, and nearby water. The unusual skittering slapback echo heard in WNP-5, part of an unfinished nuclear power station, results from gradually narrowing walls and tile-like surfaces inside the cooling tower; sound spirals upwards to the sky.” – Taken from the liner notes, by Christopher DeLaurenti
I recently posted a new album on Bandcamp.com. So very happy with how this project turned out. While at first listen it seems simple, a closer listen should reveal how indeed it is simple and deep. Deep in a way that only sound can reveal. Only your attention is needed to listen to Melancholy Aura at doughaire.bandcamp.com. Here is an introduction. Melancholy is ambivalent and contradictory. Although it seems at once a very familiar term, it is extraordinarily elusive and enigmatic. It is something found not only in humans – whether pathological, psychological, or a mere passing mood – but in landscapes, seasons, and sounds. They too can be melancholy. twilight, cities and minor chords are also melancholy, evoking poignancy and the passing of time. In this selection of 19 two minute pieces I have found the sublime, dark and beautiful presence of melancholy. Don’t look for a definition of melancholy. Instead, listen for an undercurrent driven by our lives and the world we live in. What does melancholy sound like? That is the question I have asked. www.doughaire.bandcamp.com