Bridges have many connotations. As physical structures they span spaces and may support movement over or under. The 'bridge' of a musical instrument facilitates the transmission of sound to the body of the instrument. While conceptually, 'bridging' occurs metaphorically and in many abstract ways through time and space, and both linguistically and musically.
Taking the environmental exploration of physical bridges as the starting point for creative exploration in sound we can explore the resonant cavity under the bridge, the physical structure of the bridge itself or the movement of elements below or above. Using physical disturbance to incarnate unexpressed sonic potentialities, elements of structure and resonance may be elicited which allude to its inherent physicality, including metaphorical and abstract aspects of its locality, history and purpose.
'The Alarming Blend of Three Arches' was created live in a single take, under a railway bridge near Glaisdale, North Yorkshire, UK, and recorded using custom in-ear binaural techniques. All sounds wre created live at the location and at one point a house alarm or car alarm spontaneously activated, which was incorporated into the improvisation. The original recording has been edited and mixed from the original without any additional processing in order to improve the intensity and enhance the spatial choreography of the work.»
- Dallas Simpson, November 2009
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