Mini album 'Clay Mining' is now available via Parisian netlabel Three Legs Duck.
Click here to download the album and 6 page pdf booklet:
- Clay Mining
began as a 30 minute percussion improvisation by drummer Peter Stavrum
Nielsen. This session, performed on a drum kit comprising found plastic,
metal and wooden items, was captured by a combination of ambient and
close range microphones inside a theatre in Lisbon, Portugal and
recorded straight to stereo via a Yamaha M7CL mixing desk, whilst
manipulating the on-board effects live (flange, phase, delay,
distortion) at the console.
This initial recording gave me the impression of drilling a hole and is
where I began to develop the concept of mining. Peter was playing as
though his performance would be cut into loops and used separately. He
could not hear my manipulations which I was monitoring on headphones.
Later, I could only envisage using this percussion recording as a
complete work. You cannot divide a hole up into several holes, once it
has been drilled. Having said that, distinct acoustic atmospheres
presented themselves within the piece and these became the five tracks
or chambers of Clay Mining.
From there I explored more deeply and in greater detail. I “hung” items
inside the hole, mapping the contours of the rhythm. I introduced field
recordings (mainly from where I was living and working in Macau, China)
and Foley performance to create distance and depth. I poured synthesizer
pads into the mine, and they ran down, dripping from the walls. The
final mix was completed at Fort Yellow in Canterbury, UK // Clay Gold
released 18 December 2011
Percussion – Peter Stavrum Nielsen
All additional instrumentation and manipulation – Clay Gold