RESONANT SPACES ++ / John Butcher
All musicians have to adapt their playing according to the acoustics of the space they find themselves in.
In 1998 I improvised a solo saxophone piece in the WW II bunkers at Cape Spear, St. John's, Newfoundland Sound Symposium.
It was the first time that the possibility of really making music for specific and unusual acoustics truly registered with me - along with the heightened importance that atmosphere and other intangibles have when playing in unconventional situations.
In recent years I've been fortunate to have had many opportunities to dig deeper into the possibilities of site-specific music making.
Built in the late 1920's, Europe's largest disc-type gas holder is almost 120m high and 70m in diameter.
Trägerfrequenz (2:47) - Tenor Saxophone - Sept 2006
RESONANT SPACES TOUR - 2006
An Arika commission to create site-specific pieces in 6 unusual and extreme acoustics in the Orkney Islands and Scotland.
Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney Mainland.
Lyness Oil Tank, Hoy. (pictured - more photos here)
Smoo Cave, Durness.
Tugnet Ice House, Spey Bay.
Wormit Reservoir, Fife.
Hamilton Mausoleum, South Lanarkshire.
Sympathetic Magic (3:30) - Feedback Tenor Sax - Hamilton Mausoleum
Floating Cult (2:59) - Soprano Saxophone - Hamilton Mausoleum
Styptic (1:53) - Tenor Saxophone - Smoo Cave
"Everything about this release is beautiful and intriguing:
OYA STONE MOUNTAIN - Utsonomiya City, Japan
A hollowed out larval mountain, whose green stone has been mined since the 9th century.
It has a 20,000 square metres floor, is 30 metres underground and is very cold.
Second Zizoku(2:28) - Tenor Saxophone - Nov 2004