‘A Walk’ is a sonic representation of my lockdown walks in Alexandra Park. I recorded field recordings during my walks including rustling leaves and birdsong. My friend and fellow electronic music producer and sound artist Hervé and I improvised the music together combining the field recordings with synthetic sounds. Afterwards I edited the jam session recording and crafted ‘A Walk 1’ and ‘A Walk 2’. The music videos were shot by my friend Timothy and edited by me. To visually represent the theme of lockdown walks, we went to Alexandra Park filming me walking through Autumn leaves and shots of trees matching the rhythms of the music.
Music written and produced by Markus Hetheier and Hervé Girardin. Music edited and mixed by Markus Hetheier. Music mastered by Darren Withaker. Music videos shot by Timothy Gallagher including artwork by Bella Probyn. Music videos edited by Markus Hetheier. Artwork by Luca Shaw.
It was a pleasure participating in the Audire Conference (Sound Experiences: Memory, Creativity and Participation) in Braga, Portugal. I was especially excited that curator Cláudia Martinho selected ‘A Walk 1’ by me and Nevsky Perspective. as part of the ‘listening room’ and that I got listen to and meet Brandon LaBelle, one of my favourite sound researchers/artists. Overall, the programme was varied, ranging from paper presentations to sound installations, performances, workshops and film screenings. ‘A Walk 1’ can be listened to on Bandcamp and Spotify.
Tune into As if radio.. on the 1st of November from 9-10.20 am to listen to the unedited jam session for the A Walk EP by Nevsky Perspective and me. The jam will be part of a long ecological radio broadcast as part of COP26, Glasgow, 31st October – 12th November 2021. It will represent our lockdown walks and how to reconnect with our immediate surroundings through listening and music making. You will be listen to the broadcast live here.
Soundpaths is a project by Manchester based music charity Brighter Sound as part of SICK Festival‘s MINDSCAPES programme. It is a digital soundmap in the form of a running and walking app for residents of Moston and Harpurhey. Greater Manchester artists were invited to contribute site specific sounds to the soundtrack of the app which was composed by composer Yoni Collier. I sonically represented the Blue Bell pub through combining field recordings of the surrounding areas and a sound recording of an old Facebook video that shows guests of the pub singing together, merging the sonic present and past, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Follow this link to download and use the app.
‘A Walk’ is the result of a jam session between Hervé and me. He visited me in the late Summer of 2020 and we set ourselves up in the spare room, also known as the creative space. He brought his laptop, synth and mic and I used my laptop and MIDI controller and had a couple of samples and effects prepared. For the next two hours we just experimented, sipped tea, ate biscuits and didn’t talk. I then sat down and edited the recording and crafted two tracks that I think are representative of the sonic journey we created that night. Here’s to more jamming in electronic music and more collaborations amongst different electronic music producers and sound artists!
A special thank you to Luca Shaw who created the beautiful artwork for this release.
To celebrate the release, I want to share the music video for A Walk I with you. The video was a lockdown DIY experiment. My housemate Timothy who had just started his Visual Anthropology MA grabbed his camera and we went to Alexandra Park. He filmed me walking through the Autumn leaves and got different shots of the trees to match the rhythms and vibes of the song.
Hope you enjoy!
Music written and produced by Markus Hetheier and Hervé Girardin.
Installation/commission for whatstick theatre using video submissions of people filming the landscape outside their window and talking during lockdown (May 2020) as part of Project ISOLATE.
Installation #15: Film the view from your window. Talk to us.
Sound Design – Markus Hetheier Video Edit – Bella Probyn Curator – Georgia Brown
Thanks to participants: Mary Morris Fenella Norman Laura Dalby Sass Holmes Tilly Jackson Andy Smith Molly Smith-Bugge Duncan McCombe Ella Kay Gail Green Ottilie Nye Chris Kent Lisa Kay Em Butler Emmelie Dryburgh