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Airport Symphony

I was really pleased have my piece "Between" chosen for this online compilation on Lawrence English's superb Room 40 label.

Airport Symphony cover

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Below, more about the project from the Room 40 website:

AIRPORT SYMPHONY

As Alain De Botton suggests in his book "The Art Of Travel", the act of transit between social, cultural and geographic circumstance is far more than mere bodily movement. Language, architecture, food, gesture, landscape and sound all play a part in travel and ultimately contribute to the sensations of excitement, exoticism, disorientation and even fear that occupy the daily life of the traveler.

At points of departure and arrival on these journeys increasingly lies an airport. Like business hotels across the globe, the airport acts as a uniform presence - rotating gates, the clunk of baggage, the vague chatter of tourist and traveler alike and the occasional interruption of muffled announcements. Vast halls echoing with the shifting of bodies intent on exodus and return.

As Socrates wrote, "Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives". Indeed, as the choreography of pre-flight checks is conducted following the gentle rock of the plane leaving the air bridge to a soundtrack of gentle pressurised drone and air conditioned hiss, a meditation commences. This moment of consideration is heightened, as the reflected sound of the engines scorching the tarmac surface is vacuumed into the void of open air and as the plane leaves the earth there is (in every traveler no matter how experienced) still a sense of silent awe at the marvels of the physics of flight.

Airport Symphony, commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Airport Corporation, documents and synthesizes the experiences of travel. Each piece represents a personal meditation on aspects of travel in the modern age and suggests ways in which we control, augment and ultimately exists in a time where almost no part of the face of the planet is inaccessible. Each of the pieces features a source recording made in and around Brisbane Airport between March and June 2007 - in a raw form or transformed by processing.

Audio diary entries cataloguing the epic possibilities of flight, aero-passage and human bodies in motion and even at rest.

Lawrence English, June 2007"

Various Artists
Airport Symphony Virtual Terminal
DRM401 - an online edition available for free as part of the Queensland Music Festival 2007
http://www.qmf.org.au/airportsymphony/virtualterminal.html

featuring:
67 - @C (MIGUEL CARVALHAIS & PEDRO TUDELA)
DEDICATED TO: L.ENGLISH, C.MARKER
HTTP://WWW.AT-C.ORG

BETWEEN - ANDY FUTREAL
ANDY.FUTREAL.COM

AIR IS WHAT WE BREATHE IN - HERIBERT FRIEDL
WWW.NONVISUALOBJECTS.COM

LATITUDES - M.ROSNER
WWW.PABLODALI.NET

TERMINALS 3 AND 4 - MARK TRAYLE
HTTP://MUSIC.CALARTS.EDU/~MET

DIJI - NINAB.IT
WWW.NINAB.IT

TERMINAL - AKIRA KOSEMURA
HTTP://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KOSE0606

TRANSIRE - TOM HALL
WWW.TOMHALL.COM.AU

NARITA KOUSOU MST - BLAKE STICKLAND
WWW.GEOCITIES.COM/BLAKESTICKLAND/

TENSION/RELEASE - THE GREEN KINGDOM
HTTP://THEGREENKINGDOM.WORDPRESS.COM

YUL 7.12 - SKOLTZ_KOLGEN
WWW.SKOLTZKOLGEN.COM

recordings

Did you find it?, 2009
cassette on Object Tapes

Translations Of Opacity - For Michelangelo Antonioni, 2008
track "non so" chosen for this and/OAR online compilation inspired by the late great director

You Get So Alone, 2008
oud piece "black sand" on this Harha-askel comp

Wrack, 2008
cassette release of oud recordings on Sloow Tapes

Airport Symphony, 2007
track "between" on the online room 40 compilation

Ophelia Wanders, 2007
full-length cdr of acoustic guitar improv compositions on Harha-Askel

Like Twilight Bleeding, 2007
3" cdr-ep with 3 acoustic guitar improv compositions on New American Folk Hero

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