Alec Finlay and Chris Watson
‘here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you’ –
Alec's original concept for Siren was to take the refrain from Tim Buckley’s
metaphysical love song ‘Song to the Siren’ (starsailor,
1971) and have this sung by a man and a woman in separate places. They
are invited to sing deep into the refrain until it becomes a litany.
Later Finlay became interested in field recordings of the natural environment,
with their decentred experience of sound. He has collaborated with Chris
Watson to record siren, sung by Clive Powell and Maria Jardardottir.
The recordings took place at dawn on two piers in the harbour of a North
East English coastal village.
Siren will be published in March 2006 as the forth in the series
of bookscapes publications which combine audio, book, web and
digital animation to reflect our contemporary extended experience of
Documentation of the recording
by Michele Allen © 2005
by Ben Ponton (amino) editied by Laura Harrington
22 August, 2005
© Alec Finlay, Chris Watson 2006
Sound Composition © Chris Watson 2006
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