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Morning Mist Over Parrox Hall Farm

 

Running Time: 6:05

Released On: "Landscapes Vol. II" - Various Artists (29 tracks)

Label: Cian Orbe (CIOR-457)

Release Date: 12th January 2021

Format: Download

Buy Link: Bandcamp (for display only) / Internet Archive - Free

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

With views like these from our bedroom window, it's probably not surprising we were inspired to contribute to the Chilean Cian Orbe label's second landscape themed compilation. Parrox Hall itself, one of the oldest houses in Lancashire, continuously occupied by the same family throughout its long history, is behind the tree line at the back of the photo. You can just see the silhouettes of the Lancashire Fells in the background, Beacon Fell the most visible, about a third of the way across the photo from the left.

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Intended as "an air for cellos and electronica", this is a progression of the idea we first used on a musique concrète piece called "Saturday, Sunday, Surréalité", recorded for Shaun Robert's IFAR series. Although that one was quite lo-fi and hissy, the cello samples coming from a 50+ year old trailer for a Jean Luc Godard movie we found online, it had a certain charm and we always figured we would come back to the concept one day and do it better. The cello samples used here are digitally recorded, so you feel the full resonant range of these beautifully emotive  instruments (big fan of bowed strings, I confess, whilst Skit prefers power tools), though we put our hands up to a little electronic manipulation. Oh, come on, it would hardly be Magic Bullet otherwise! Even then, Skit was still a tad unhappy because the track sounded like it ONLY contained REAL musical instruments! Couldn't have that now, could we? So we created a layer of  accompanying electronica from effected samples of a gentle wind, as we wanted to keep it reasonably natural sounding. Recommended to be played with feet up and a gin and tonic at hand. Like I said, we owed you some calm... ;->

 
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