Red Night – A Soundchronicity Walk on Hackney Marsh

Red Night – A Soundchronicity Walk on Hackney Marsh

Soundchronicities are those moments where the music you are listening to fuses with your environment, creating powerful impressions. For my latest experiment I listened to TVO’s Red Night while walking a ciruit around Hackney Marsh, from the Old River Lea to the Lea Bridge Road. This is an edited version of my notes. TRACK 1....
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A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes: Music from the Marshes Live at the Union Chapel

A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes: Music from the Marshes Live at the Union Chapel

“There is a hole in London, which swallows up the city’s time….” I’m hugely nervous and excited to announce that on Saturday 20th October I’ll be performing A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes at The Union Chapel, Islington with the 6-piece experimental contemporary music ensemble, Jetsam. This atmospheric musical suite is inspired by my short...
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Rebel River: A Heroic History of the Lee

Rebel River: A Heroic History of the Lee

The Thames cuts a lonely swathe through maps of contemporary London. Looked at from above, she’s one of the last visible reminders of a landscape lost beneath sediments of concrete and steel. She trails sadly through the megalopolis like a party ribbon hanging from the back of a crashed wedding limousine. It wasn’t always...
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Escape from London 2012: The Neo-Trekkers of Hackney & Walthamstow Marshes

Escape from London 2012: The Neo-Trekkers of Hackney & Walthamstow Marshes

In Trekkers:Edgeland Renegades from London’s Lie-Dream I wrote about the people who ran away to Hackney marshes and Epping Forest to escape the Blitz bombing.  In doing so, they were banished from the history of the war. But if you look closely, trekkers still exist in today’s marshland. The tent appeared in February, near...
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Trekkers: Edgeland Renegades from London’s Lie-Dream

Trekkers: Edgeland Renegades from London’s Lie-Dream

London’s dreaming again. Her fingers claw at the bedposts. She groans and bucks on sweat-drenched sheets as it all comes back to her. It’s 1940. The black gulls of the Luftwaffe have flocked over the East End. Incendiary bombs light the sky and high explosives obliterate the earth. Fire rains. The air screams. The...
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Trouble on Hackney & Walthamstow Marshes: Here Come the Lumpit Games 2012

Trouble on Hackney & Walthamstow Marshes: Here Come the Lumpit Games 2012

The Lumpits 2012 is approaching fast. In the aftermath of the games, East London will be forever transformed. As for the unwanted and unplanned mutilation of the marshes, it’s a case of “you get what you’re given”. This is the Lumpit Games after all. Here’s my snapshot of what’s happening on the ground. As...
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