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Transatlantic Halfpipe

from More Songs About Asphalt and Speed by Rick Nance



I've always loved the sound of the board, but one morning on the way to work, riding a one piece, oak "Bama Boogie" board and wearing headphones, I noticed that my balance was off. I assumed it was some inner-ear-balance-smear from big volume. I took the headphones off and noticed that the real problem was, unknown to me, I normally listened to the board to give me my position on it, and not hearing the board confused things. I spent the rest of the trip to work walking back and forth across the board listening to the spectral shifts of sound of wood, speed, asphalt and PVC wheels.

The field samples in this piece are recorded from skaters in Birmingham, Alabama, Bangor Wales, Berlin, and Birmingham UK. The studio samples were recorded in the studios of the University of Wales, Bangor. Some of the skaters were me, Jimmy Tracy, and some people down at the Slab, an ex-industrial site of concrete pads and walls from former Birmingham steel days.


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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