Walking piece details
An 18-minute stereo sound walk for a (preferably snowy) field north of Hebden Bridge, UK. Includes sound recordings from the field itself and from Heptonstall graveyard, along with a swirling snowstorm of ambient drones and chopped and screwed 1980s pop loops (this is the A major version). The spoken word monologue connects Leon Trotsky, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Ian Curtis, comic Russ Abbot, and artist Paul Rooney’s 1990s band Rooney, who’s singer Dermot Bucknall, and his disturbing ‘performance’ at a music gig in the Calder Valley, brings together many aspects of the piece in a darkly comic, ambiguous moment.
The work is structured around a description of photographer Charlie Meecham taking a photograph of the snowy field in question for a TV documentary. The photograph was later chosen by Joy Division and Peter Saville to adorn the cover of the 12″ single Atmosphere.
Thanks to Daniel Meadows, Charlie Meecham, Paul Rooney and Steve Fortune. More information here: http://owdscrat.com/alain-chamois/