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It's Blowing a Gale Outside

by Joshua Burnside

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A collection of experimental pieces from the sound installation 'It's Blowing a Gale outside' at Vault Artist Studios, Belfast.

All money made from this album will go to the Western Sahara Support Group.

The idea for this project came about when I found a load of cassettes in my studio when I moved in 4 years ago. The cassettes were about 15-20 years old, from when these studios were a college. They contain performances, interviews, debriefs and all sorts of strange and wonderful voices and sounds. I had already been using samples of people talking and other found sounds in my music, and the weirder the words/voices the better, so these tapes were like buried treasure to me.

I began to make tape loops with these, mixing them with other sounds (organs, piano, fiddle etc) as well as drawing and using thread and needle to create visual representations of the compositions.

I have listened to hours of the audio recorded here, and often felt like some kind of ghostly time traveller, eaves dropping on conversations and performances that happened in the theatre, rehearsal room, and other rooms in the building, each tape like a little portal to a forgotten moment in time.
It got me thinking about time and place, and wondering if in some quantum way that is beyond my understanding, do buildings have memories? Are the people who were here, always here? And have they always been here?
These ponderings informed the mood of the music, with long echoing reverbs, sad little piano melodies and eerie organs all recorded on tape.
For the visual aspect of the project I was inspired by the scores of Iannis Xenakis, the textiles of Lenore Tawney and by my wife Emily’s work with textiles and weaving as well.

The exhibition runs from the 29th of July until the 9th of August at Vault Artist Studios, Monday to Friday 2pm-6pm.


released July 29, 2022


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Joshua Burnside Belfast, UK

Joshua Burnside was born in Northern Ireland, where he draws inspiration from the beauty, the ugliness and the rich musical and literary heritage of an often tormented corner of the world. His debut album EPHRATA won the NI Music Prize 2017. Written whilst living in Colombia, the songs deal with themes from PTSD and technophobia, to larger questions about time, love and death in the modern age. . ... more


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