CD Reviews, Travel

Friday 20th March Pt. 4

March 20, 2009

Right OK. So the silence must have lasted at least 90 minutes. That’s what it felt like anyway. I kept the earpieces in all the way through though and did not stop or fast forward the track. I was genuinely worried I had a faulty download. Maybe that’s the point.

However at 4 hours 45 minutes I detected a very faint slither of digital hiss which very slowly built into a steady swathe of shimmering sound, staying at one low volunt for half an hour before the voices returned, now very distorted. As I listen now as we cut through the hills of the lake district it’s like trying to make out voices over a faint longwave radio signal through a haze of radio confusion.

What was the silence for? Just to annoy? Confuse? Perhaps to give some respite after the abrasive sandblasting that preceeded it? It was actually quite welcome here letting me phone julie easily at one point, though always on edge wondering if it might suddenly reappear at volume.

Comments (5)

  • Brian Olewnick

    March 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    My download attempts have thus far been abortive (home connection has been spotty recently) but I’m still going to attempt to do so. In the meantime, enjoying your reports….

  • benedictdrew

    March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    The Revolution will not be Mattinised

  • RFKorp

    March 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    It’s only (ha! only!) one hour of silence but I wasn’t listening in headphones and I was doing other things at the same time so I managed to quite naturally forget the piece was playing over that stretch until the sound finally returned. Which I thought was pretty cool.

    I went ahead and opened the file up in a sound editing program to study it better (otherwise I wouldn’t know that it was so almost precisely 60 minutes of silence there) and I’ve gotta say, in addition to the sounds themselves, from a structural perspective, this piece is really excitingly well put together!

    Also, talked to Mattin a bit last night, I don’t think he actually expected anybody to ever find so much time to actively listen to the whole thing in one sitting 😉 You’ve gone far beyond the call of duty, Richard!

  • Richard Pinnell

    March 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Really just an hour? It felt much longer but I guess everything does on long train journeys. Did you listen all the way through then Richard?

    I owe you an email too.

  • RFKorp

    March 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Actually, I’ll admit, I had to break it up into two listening sessions. hopefully I’ll find a long slow afternoon where I’m working on a project that doesn’t involve listening and be able to just let Mattin’s piece run.

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