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Kate Carr

Midsummer, London

Label: Persistence of Sound

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

Preorder: Releases June 20th, 2024

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“Midsummer, London was composed with recordings taken on the Summer Solstice June 21, 2023, as I attempted to journey from one side of the city to the other along the Thames on this longest of days. The journey began in Loughborough Junction with stops at Clapham Junction, Staines, Shepperton, Hampton, Twickenham, Ravenscourt Park, Blackfriars, Deptford, Woolwich Dockyard and Slade Green.” - Kate Carr, 2024

Kate Carr is known internationally for her work with field recordings, as well as using objects and experimental recording techniques. Her work often probes the ambiguities and perceptions of field recording, notably on her 2023 album, False Dawn. “Most of my work these days is interested in thinking about field recording as a set of practices which produce a particular version of a location, experience or even species, and the relationships and practices which produce that recording and which also might be amplified or obscured within the recording itself.” - Kate Carr

Kate previously developed the idea of a sonic transect - a sound sampling along an axis – for an album made on a Spanish mountain in 2017, From A Wind Turbine To Vultures (And Back). The idea explores sonic niches, the ways they flow into each other and can be stitched together in an attempt to convey the changing aspects of - in that case - the terrain of a mountain and Kate’s journey up and down it. Now, Midsummer, London explores the different accents, musics, and other sonic phenomenon of London at locations tracing the river Thames, moving from the outskirts in the west to the outskirts in the east.

“Midsummer, London was composed with recordings taken on the Summer Solstice June 21, 2023, from one side of the city to the other on the longest of days. The journey began in Loughborough Junction with stops at Clapham Junction, Staines, Shepperton, Hampton, Twickenham, Ravenscourt Park, Blackfriars, Deptford, Woolwich Dockyard, Slade Green.” - Kate Carr

By listening to these recordings, we make the journey across London in a physically impossible way, but one which speaks to the contribution of sound to the making and unmaking of spaces.
Details
Cat. number: PS012
Year: 2024
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Music by Kate Carr
Mastering by Nima Aghiani
Design by Matthew Young and Louise Mason