The travelling pianist known as Il Pianista FuoriPosto reimagined by Cities and Memory. Snippets of his piano are looped and effected, slowly buried beneath reverb, delay and tape effects, while a small portion of his playing is extended to 300 times its normal length to create a micro-drone underneath the piece. Later, multiple piano phrases come in on the left and right of the stereo field, jostling for attention as the piano piece completely transforms into a shimmering dreamscape.
Il Pianista FuoriPosto is a travelling pianist, who takes his grand piano all over the Veneto region in Italy, popping up in surprising places to perform for the public. He doesn't advertise where or when he'll appear, so it's a stroke of fortune to come across him and hear his wonderful music, as we did on this August evening in the Prato della Valle, Padova. Recorded by Cities and Memory.
Reimagined by Cities and Memory. The street singer's voice has a meditative, praise-like quality that immediately put me in mind of church singing. From here, I've constructed a stage for her in sound, placing her at the centre of a fabricated church service. The door creaks open, and the organist enters before playing a brief, droning introduction. The street singer performs her encomium within the church, after which there's a recording of me reading out a prayer inside an empty church...
A singer on the steps of the 1812 Museum sings traditional folk songs on a warm night in Moscow, Russia. A competing saxophone busker outside Ploshchad Revolyutsii station can be heard in the background. Recorded by Cities and Memory.
Ploshchad Revolyutsii station reimagined by Cities and Memory. Taking an extreme approach to EQing samples from the original recording, we've stripped the very top out to simulate the sounds of rain, and we've EQed right down to the lowest frequencies to represent the sounds of thunder. A light bit of reverb and tape effects to smear the edges of the sounds a little, and we have a rainstorm constructed entirely by EQing the original recording.
Margate sea and dunes reimagined by Submerged Tapes. "I kept the field recording in its entirety and layered up some other sounds made from cassette tape loops, melodica and a square wave oscillator on top. "The piece is kind of in two parts, I imagined some kind of giant sentient spaceship/insect thing slowly waking up from under the dunes for the first half and then emerging and flying away for the second half leaving just the sound of the field recording again at the end."
The Edge of the World reimagined by Cities and Memory. The piece starts off as quiet as the Edge of the World itself, slowly bringing in externally-sourced wind and nature sounds until we're no longer sure which is the desert wind of the recording and which are newly-introduced winds. Beneath this, a slow bed of synths creeps in to convey something of the awesome sense of isolation that the Edge of the World imposes on anyone who sees it.
Sounds recorded at a stunning natural feature called The Edge of the World just outside Riyadh, where the land ends in an abrupt 350-metre cliff, with the horizon extending out into nothing but desert as far as the eye can see. Recorded by Cities and Memory.