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I am thrilled to announce a new section of the blog dedicated to a very special project that has been in the works since early 2018 called Place Language.  It is an international non-profit compilation album inspired by the themes found in Robert Macfarlane’s widely-acclaimed book ‘Landmarks’. In particular it focuses on the book’s extensive topographic glossaries, the “word-hoard” of depictive landscape terms gathered from 30 different languages, dialects and sub-dialects around Britain & Ireland and divided into sections by type of terrain (Flatlands, Uplands, Waterlands, Coastlands, Underlands, Northlands, Edgelands, Earthlands and Woodlands).

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Click HERE to meet the 30 artists & creators involved in Place Language Continue reading “Project Announcement: A Global Survey of Place, Language, and Sound”

In the spring of 2014 I put together my first music mix at the invitation of one of ambient community’s most gracious supporters, Thomas Mathie aka Headphonaught. Nearly five years and more than 60 shows later, it is has become one of the most satisfying avenues I can think of for showcasing the music I’ve encountered for Stationary Travels.

The site has just been extensively updated with links to all the shows from 2014 to current which you can now find in the “Streaming” menu under “Mixcloud”.  If you want to browse directly on the Mixcloud website or app, just go to: https://www.mixcloud.com/stationarytravels/ Continue reading “Mixcloud Update”

The Barbican Centre are hosting an event as part of their Transcender festival series that may be of interest to readers of Stationary Travels, especially those near, in, or around London later this month. Entitled Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno, it will be a live performance which seeks to recreate the shimmering textures of Eno’s landmark album Discreet Music and build on its conceptual vision (note: Eno himself will not be performing).

To mark the album’s 40th anniversary, musical directors Leo Abrahams and David Coulter have devised a richly-imaginative live performance of this breathtaking work…A specially-assembled ensemble – electronic musician Benge, saxophonist John Harle, violinist Emma Smith, cellist Oliver Coates and experimental jazz trio The Necks – will incorporate original equipment, including EMS synthesiser and Eno’s ‘Frippertronic’ tape looping system, to summon a unique realisation of Discreet Music’s magical sound-world. This concert performance – incorporating various visual and sonic surprises – aims to pay tribute to, and give new life to, that initial, incredibly fertile vision.

Continue reading “Communique: Discreet + Oblique”