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I’ve made a piece recently that builds around two location recordings made with my phone — not something I usually do, but all I had on me at the time. One recording was from the  waterfront in Thessaloniki, Greece and the other from the hinterland of south-eastern Queensland (Australia). The recording from Queensland contains different positions of a stream that were able to give distinct qualities of noise (as waterfalls are usually a white noise phenomenon).

I mixed into these a synthesiser riff and drum pattern at two intervals. In the second half, the stream/waterfall is the timbral source for a rhythmic pattern editor. I composed rhythms that I mixed in with the original signal to varying degrees. There are moments when the water engulfs the rhythm. It’s a bit of an experiment, but I find the rhythmic shaping most engaging.

Listen to the piece, Burst.

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