Sam Annand ‎– Cupar Grain Silo

Label:
Esk ‎– ESK 3
Format:
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM
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Tracklist

A1 Juno 6 Chord Progression 1:54
A2 Cartesian Sequence Pt. 1 3:28
A3 Cartesian Percussion Pattern 4:00
A4 Waveshape Sequence 3:11
A5 Bandpass Sequence 1:22
A6 Impulse Response
B1 Cartesian Sequence Pt. 2 3:11
B2 PWM VCPan 2:11
B3 Bowed Instruments 2:24
B4 Waveguide Pattern 3:46
B5 Sine Wave Sweep

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Notes

The vinyl does not have any matrix / run-out etching.
Tracks A6 and B5 are not present on the digital release, and are preceded by a long pause on the vinyl.

Supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland

In 2014, the Resono project was set up to study a number of highly reverberant locations around Scotland, with the aim of exploring and experimenting with the sonic qualities and possibilities offered by each.

Research for the project took place in spaces including a water reservoir, giant sea caves, oil storage facilities, an abandoned munitions factory, an early 19th century ice house and a cathedral. Among them was a 200 feet tall disused concrete silo, built in 1964 by the British Sugar Corporation to store sugar beet, but abandoned just eight years later. With the exception of a brief revival in the early 2000s for grain storage, the structure has remained empty.

The extreme acoustics exhibited by Cupar Grain Silo are an accidental artefact of its ambitious industrial architecture, with a reverberation time approximating 36.5 seconds. Using impulse responses made within the structure, bespoke music was produced, sympathetic to these acoustics. These compositions were then reamplified back into the space in front of a live audience on Saturday 21 May 2016.

Reverberation time:
36.5 seconds

Audience:
2pm: 34
4pm: 32
6pm: 31

Loudspeakers:
Meyer Sound UPJ-1P Compact Loudspeaker x2
Meyer Sound UMS-1P UltraCompact Subwoofer x2
Meyer Sound VX-1 Stereo Program Equaliser
Supplier: Apex Acoustics

Recording:
Microphones: Neumann KM184 x2
Microphone configuration: stereo X/Y
Microphone preamplifiers: Focusrite ISA 110
AD/DA: Lynx Aurora
Resolution: 32 bit/96 kHz

Instrumentation:
Modular synth system
Roland Juno-6 Polyphonic synthesizer
Bowed UFIP 22' Dark Ride cymbal
JrF contact microphones

Vinyl specification:
Direct metal master
12" 180g Virgin PVC
45 RPM

Lathe:
Neumann VMS-82 DMM

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