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Songs From A Cloud Chamber - 109DL (2021)

by Victoria Bourne & Walt Shaw

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"So wonderful to hear the beautiful boiling of percussion and this very folk like melody moved and twisted and distorted into this landscape of trees and meadows and hill." - Corey Mwamba, BBC Radio 3 FREENESS

Melodies inspired by traditional English Folk Songs floating above the pointillistic abstraction creating a richly atmospheric, melancholic, brooding and beautiful sound. Living in a twisted folk landscape. The threads of percussion, voice and electronics weave together, at times blending, but sometimes colliding, creating a kaleidoscopic , often haunting soundscape.

Walt’s percussion on this album uses conventional instruments and also a range of more unconventional instrumentation that is home-made.
The former consists of drums, singing bowls, shakers, woodblocks etc.
The latter are made up of the following – A large, beaten steel sheet, suspended by springs; some lengths of taut piano wire with contact microphones; an instrument with fret saw blades, wire brushes, springs, broken music boxes, and other found objects. These are amplified, but without any additional electronics.

Victoria’s vocals used multiple harmonies blending with the sounds created by Walt. She thought of the twisted landscape we’ve all been living in since the first lockdowns. Finding inspiration from traditional English Folk Songs and giving them an unsettling feeling. Adding final texture with created sound in the Korg Kross.

Victoria and Walt are both involved in The United Isolation Ensemble, which was created as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. It was due to working in this that we realised that a duo collaboration was going to be a rich creative possibility.

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released March 6, 2021

Victoria Bourne - Vocals, Korg Kross Workstation.
Walt Shaw – Kit, hand percussion, gongs, home-made instruments

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