New Album Release – Kevin George Brown: Three Movements for OrganKevin George Brown
‘Three Movements for Organ’ is an important new contribution to the organ repertoire from contemporary classical English composer Kevin George…
This collection of tracks comes at a critical and volatile time in both personal and creative aspects of my life. Reliance on the familiar was taking hold and I needed to get more unpredictability and reactivity into making and performing. So I dropped my old Hybernation alias in favour of my name, found some different tools (a Teenage Engineering OP1 and the Sampr iPad app) and got to work.
In 2013 I was seeking out sounds to record for a Southend based computer game and was led to the old Town Crier’s Bell tucked away in an old box at Southend Museum. It provided a great new sound to add to the game, and a sample for this track.
The hand drier in the gents toilets at the Railway Hotel in Southend was broken for several months and made a very loud screeching noise as it spread germs around. Daryl Easlea, a fellow DJ on Ship Full of Bombs internet radio station, sent me a recording of it he had made on his mobile phone, which I then fixed.
In April 2016, Jon Kipps’ and I launched our Proscenium release (Courier Sound) with a gig at the Ten Bells in Shoreditch and I improvised my entire set from a found Kenco Coffee tub.
Samples for Flooded House were taken from a Creative Partnerships project in 2011, with year 5 pupils at William Read School in Canvey Island to make a film about sea creatures. Watery sounds from the school sink, puddles in the playground and Thorney Bay beach all feature.
Bear Pit Point B (Version 2) was recorded during my artist residency at Focal Point Gallery in 2015. The ‘Bear Pit’ was a wooden room built in Gallery 1, which I turned into a playable instrument. I used a 20 second sample from contact mic B for this track.
I had thought of the acronym Sewage Outlet Under Thames Hides Even Nastier Discharge several years ago. I recalled that artist Josh Langan had discovered a long storm drain that runs under the town and ripped some audio from a film he made down there.