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Sam McLoughlin, David Chatton Barker

Environmental Meditation Music (LP)

Label: Hood Faire

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

In stock


*Limited edition of 305 copies, each copy is unique.* Environmental Meditation Music (EMM) is a collaborative project with the natural world. Developed by the artists Sam McLoughlin (N.Racker, Sam and the plants) and David Chatton Barker (Folklore Tapes) since 2017, the project has collected many hours of recorded material, which has been hewn into a long form digital edition and this two sided 46min long playing record.

“Water and air dance and sing. a play of constant ecstasy. We are forever embedded in atmospheric flow. Space held by soft animation. The eardrum moves, mostly beyond attention, and so each leaf, each laughing brook, dripping rock and whistling reed. The same something, always different, forever variegated, changing yet remaining its self.”
The instruments are made using a variety of materials, ranging from guitar strings, rubber bands, saw blades, clock chimes and jars. Many are amplified using contact microphones, often proving an essential part of capturing the frequencies.

For the record sleeves, a paintbrush was suspended on a branch using string. The sleeve was cut and placed upon a table with string passed around four bamboo canes in order to keep the brush contained above the card. Windy days were chosen to animate the brush. The brush was dipped into black drawing ink and begun at the middle of the card. Lastly the sleeve was left under rain drops. In total 305x card sleeves were created using this process.

Cat. number: HDFR009
Year: 2022