The family went for a few days away in the Lake District recently. We are after somewhere remote where we could get away for it all and enjoy some countryside. We found a fantastic place on AirBnb and had 4 lovely days in High Greenrigg Cottage near Calbeck. We took a few guitars and some recording equipment….just in case.

The views were inspiring and I could happily of sat writing songs all day, but I think I would have been in trouble with the rest of the family. What I did manage was to capture some superb sounds whilst out walking, particularly the streams that we passed. There is something very evocative about a moving water and I captured a few videos at the same time that I hoped to use in future projects.

I finally got round to spending some time with the sounds and looking at what I might do with them. I decided that for my first piece I should leave the sound of the stream unaltered. It is such a rich sound that immediately transports you to the place of the sound source that I felt it should be used in its raw form. I hadn’t used Ableton for some time so I decided this would be a good opportunity to have a play with that and create a soundscape to fit over the stream sounds. I then combined that with the visuals of the sound source and this was the result.

https://youtu.be/PGQAbJ2jGOM

The intention was that the piece should expose the grandeur of the landscape within which the stream is set. Although we can only see a small snap shot of the scenery in the video there is a sprawling vista that surrounds this and the large expanse of the soundscape tries to bring that to life.IMG_2278

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