As some of you may know, I have a deep interest in how sound can be processed into something that may retain the essence of the original but is also very different. I’m on a perpetual learning curve and even after all the years I’ve been doing this, I still get excited by anomolies and accidents of chance with sound.
This year my monthly challenge is to create a piece of electronic music using only one short field recording as the basis to create the whole piece. The subject matter will become apparent with time.
Wyrm is the result of two ideas .
Firstly, at night, when I look towards Penshaw Monument, there is a slow moving line of rush hour traffic on the A19 which I often think, looks and sounds (to me), like a huge metallic headlight snake. It winds its way slowly down the hill, past the monument.
Secondly, this giant slow moving metallic serpent reminds me of the myth of the Lambton Worm, a North Eastern English legend from medieval times about a giant worm that terrorized the region. In old English the word worm (or wyrm) refers to a humongous snake or dragon, not those found in your compost heap.
Wyrm is created from one short field recording of compressors from the National Glass Centre, to create a slow metallic, scraping hissing rattlesnake.
If you wish to read the tale of the Lambton Worm there’s a whole site dedicated to it here
Artwork is by Museleon.