Cycle was an audio piece shown at ‘Topography Disarranged: Landscape, Dislocation & Place” at the excellent Queen of Hungary Space fom 23rd May – 7th June 2014.

‘Cycle’ is a 30 minute looping sound collage that captures the abstract and literal essence of the local landscape – the piece consists of pure and processed recordings of various environments from around the Queen of Hungary site, recorded from April 2013 to April 2014.

Much of my work focuses on the localisation and decontextualisation of sounds to make them unrecognisable to their original form or setting. Dislocation is portrayed as typical sounds in unfamiliar contexts and the destruction of sounds we commonly perceive as beautiful. Dislocation is to be disrupted or removed; ‘Cycle’ conveys this as discomfort as well as remaining attractive and unchanged, much like our beautiful landscape.

A range of recording equipment and techniques were used to produce a rich and dynamic texture; hydrophones to collect the sounds from rivers, lakes and sea; piezos to collect audible silence and vibrations; electro coils to record the hum of overhead power lines and numerous conventional microphones. ‘Cycle’ is at times beautiful and at others quite the opposite. ‘Cycle’ is mixed as an infinite loop, there is no beginning and there is no end'.

Cycle was mixed specifically for Sony MDR7506 headphones and designed to be played on an infinite loop. My good friend and exceptional book cover designer,  Leo Nickolls designed the accompanying booklet which provides several images of objects and locations recorded as part of the piece.