ARTIST: AL MACSWEEN
TRACK: DEEP TIME - A BINAURAL JOURNEY THROUGH WOOLWICH FOOT TUNNEL
LOCATION: WOOLWICH FOOT TUNNEL
"This track, which is best experienced with headphones, was recorded live inside Woolwich Foot Tunnel, using binaural microphones to capture an immersive 3D experience of a journey through the length of the tunnel, accompanied by eleven singers, four percussionists, one bass-clarinetist and a passing cyclist.
The piece was shaped quite literally by the physical space, forcing creative ways to coordinate amongst 16 musicians spread along a 504m long tunnel performing music for a moving listener. The composition was designed to interact with the acoustic idiosyncrasies of the space, using the tunnel’s complex echoes and resonant frequencies to inform harmonic, textural and rhythmic properties of the music.
The 3D binaural recording allows the listener to perceive the sound of the tunnel in surround, giving a shifting perspective of its rich acoustic properties and the impression of musicians coming in and out of the foreground as the listener walks through the space." [Al MacSween]
Al MacSween, Gareth Keane, Miryam Solomon, Clara Serra López, Genevieve Dawson, Valeria Pozzo, Sim Virdi, Isobel Risk, Georgia Duncan, Lara Laeverenz, Ella Rimmer, Arran Kent, Edward Wakili-Hick, Joost Hendrickx, Dwayne Kilvington, Jake Long. [Recorded by Camilo Tirado]
Al has collaborated across a staggering variety of genres, including jazz, gospel, Afro-Cuban music, Indian classical music, Arabic music, electronic music and various styles of folk music. He is founder of award-winning music collective Kefaya.