Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Music by Haworth Hodgkinson

High Moss HM 006 (66:37) • Released 20 June 2016

Music composed, performed and recorded by Haworth Hodgkinson in 2015/2016

Cover from a photograph by Jeni Reid

Album © Haworth Hodgkinson 2016

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Dundee Ambient, Part 3: Summer Solstice (2015/2016)

Summer Solstice is the third of five parts that constitute Dundee Ambient, a project I began in January 2015 and expect to finish in December 2016. The parts may be heard separately as nocturnal portraits of the city through the changing seasons, but the overall sequence of Dundee Ambient can also be heard as tracing the stages of a night's sleep.

After the dream-disturbed sleep of Part 2, Part 3 returns to a much more restful sleep, with only hints of the previous disturbance. In the stillness of the night, or at the still turning-point of the year, perhaps both, a blackbird sings.

The blackbird was recorded in Dundee in 1997 but I am only now using this recording for the first time. Most of the other sounds in the piece were also recorded in Dundee between 1995 and 1997, and were treated to extensive processing in 2015 to produce the slowly shifting textures that are characteristic of Dundee Ambient.

Notes © Haworth Hodgkinson 2016.

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