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Cross Country Runner

from More Songs About Asphalt and Speed by Rick Nance



Cross Country Runner explores the sound world of a single runner along the canals and fields of an English landscape. The sonic transformations largely signify the runner’s shift in focus between his internal state and the world around him. The sounds shift from fields and bridges towards blood and breath, culminating in a “transcendent” singularity with runner and environment.
Its formal structure is a meditation on ideas from James Gibson’s Ecological Psychology, in which an organism, embedded in its environment, achieves perception as a result of that interaction.
In this view, the small epilogue that follows, Glint, signifies the emergence of perception as the between the organism and its environment.


from More Songs About Asphalt and Speed, released June 8, 2015


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Rick Nance Leicester, UK

Sonic arts by ear, design and improvisation.
Some acousmatic, some not.
From the Southeast U.S. and now in the Midlands of England.

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