Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Sonic Journey from Goole to Hull

Goole Railway Swing Bridge
Goole Railway Swing Bridge
The train journey from Goole to Hull is not the most classic of rail journeys, but it has inspired composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison to create a new work which is designed to be experience on the train journey which inspired it. Part of Sonic Journeys, a collection of aural landscapes commissioned from artists in response to particular journeys. 

Gavin Bryars was in fact born in Goole (and Blake Morrison is also a Yorkshireman), and the new sonic journey created by Bryars and Morrison was a co-commission from Sound UK and the Yorkshire Festival which runs from 16 June to 3 July. In creating the piece, Bryars was inspired by Glenn Gould's radio documentary The Idea of the North, as well as the train-related pieces by the Canadian composer Eldon Rathburn who made the final realisation of Percy Grainger's Train Music.

The new sonic journey will be available for download from the Sonic Journeys website from 16 June 2016.

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