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Birling Gap

Birling Gap
Birling Gap, Eastbourne, UK


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The piece centers on an incarnation of affect in relation to a certain space-time – a visit Isabella made to Birling Gap in East Sussex.

Birling Gap is a wild and cliffy landscape on the edge of East Sussex popular with walkers and hikers.

The protagonist of the piece, Isabella, travels there and is touched, consumed and irrevocably impacted.

Her travels around Birling Gap should be seen as an inner journey, which mirrors the repeated journeys she’s taken there. Like a lost traveller, within her practice, she is constantly looping back on herself, repeating, returning and rediscovering.

I wanted the music to touch on the liminal space between geographical marvel and the subtle signs of a tragic history hidden within the landscape, a sense of fascination and foreboding beneath the joyful and sunny surface.

This piece can be enjoyed whilst walking around the site, otherwise elsewhere, or whilst sitting or lying down in the privacy of your own home.

Birling Gap snippet

Copyright: Tony Onuchukwu


Hosted by: Isabella Bonner-Evans

APA style reference

Onuchukwu, T. (2022). Birling Gap. walk · listen · create.



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Do you like to stroll? Are you a fan of roaming? Then you should give stroaming a try. This is a word blend, just like brunch. In her 1796 novel Camilla, Frances Burney described a character who “stroamed into the ball-room, with the most visible marks of his unfitness for appearing in it.” The OED indicates that stroaming involves “long strides” and/or idleness, so watch your form and attitude when out on a stroam. Credits to Mark Peters.

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