I haven’t written any music in far too long and still have an “almost finished” album lying around since last year, so in an attempt to get back into gear I threw together something last night…
The track comprises ebow improvisations on the aluminium kramer guitar and a series of field recordings I made on the last trip to Spain. We tied a Zoom H1 recorder to some cheap fishing line and lowered the Zoom down a mineshaft (shown above) for about 90 feet. The mine complex itself is fantastic, and a complete deathtrap, dating back to pre-Roman times - it was apparently very heavily mined by the Romans and the gold dug up would be floated all the way back to the Tiber.
When listening back, you could hear several layers of life in the mineshaft: first, there were several very angry pigeons, then the poor Zoom appears to have fallen into something dead, as there were really loud flies (and, presumably, maggots), then finally, rats. Amazingly, the Zoom survived.
Anyway, though it doesn’t really live up to the above description yet, a very rough sketch track was made from the sounds and uploaded to SoundCloud here.