'Still Every Year They Went'

Lamb, Johny and Reeder, Philip (2016) 'Still Every Year They Went'. Performance Research, 21 (2). ISSN ISSN 1469-9990

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Abstract / Summary

On 15 April 2015, Philip Reeder and Thirty Pounds of Bone (Johny Lamb) went to sea aboard the Girl Emily, a 1974 commercial line fishing boat sailing out of Custom House Quay in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Faced with an unlikely and challenging studio environment on deck, Thirty Pounds of Bone performed nine new arrangements of traditional fishing/maritime songs, as the skipper and his mate went about their business of fishing.

Despite the inherently risible endeavour, vocal performances accompanied by guitar, shruti-box and two Monotribe synthesizers were captured by a variety of microphones alongside guest performances by bow-waves, seagulls, coastguard helicopters and various sea creatures. The sound of the boat, her engines, her wake, the creaks of her hull and her propeller are a fundamental challenge but also material for the album Still Every Year They Went.

The songs from or about the sea, and its associated practices, were taken back to the water—set amidst the environment of their origins. An unlikely collaboration emerges between Thirty Pounds of Bone’s dredger-paced lo-fi, and the phonographic studio methods employed by Reeder. The result is an album of material that speaks to older traditions, made relevant by a methodology that seeks new ways to render traditional song.

This text explores Lamb’s notion of music production as a ‘taxidermy’ of performance, and the iterative processes therein. This opens up discourse around Reeder’s use of phonographic contexts as a platform for music composition and studio production.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: ISSN 1469-9990
Subjects: Music
Music > Popular Music
Research
Music > Sound Art
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Music
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Depositing User: Johny Lamb
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:08
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2095

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