The South Downs
DALLAS SIMPSON
IHab092

In this work I have brought together, through performance, elements of environmental, material, historic, cultural and symbolic significance on a number of different levels. For the artist there is a deep spiritual significance in this form of physical engagement and perceptual sonic communion with environments, materials and locations. The ancient elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air are alluded to, while the bridge archetype alludes to the spanning of time and cultures, as well as spanning a physical river at a particular location. This new work has thematic connections with the previous work 'The Alarming Blend Of Three Arches' and is also released through Impulsive Habitat.

Many thanks to David Vélez.

This work is in the form of an edited and mixed binaural sonic collage. It consists of three recordings:

1) Environmental improvisation with a metal footbridge over the river Arun, including associated wooden fence and environs, using found wood, stones and dry teasel stems.
2) Improvisation with 1700 year old Roman mosaics and associated archaeological artefacts at Bignor Roman Villa, using various found feathers.
3) Woodland walk at dawn on the hills above Amberley village.

Performed and recorded over three days in October 2013 near the village of Amberley and at Bignor Roman Villa, (with mosaics dating from the 3rd Century AD), West Sussex, UK.
Technical: Recorded using in-ear custom modified DPA4060 microphones to a Tascam DAP1 DAT recorder. Minimal wind shielding was used to retain the perceptual experience of environmental winds. All photographs dallas simpson.
Sincere thanks to Lisa Tupper, owner of Bignor Roman Villa for permission to access the unique Roman mosaics and other archaeological artefacts.
-Dallas Simpson

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