commissioned by BRMB Radio as a celebration of Birmingham,
and the piece attempts to achieve this using recordings
of buskers along with other environmental sounds which
we recorded in the city.
direct the listener to recognition of the music we recorded,
our interest lay in the possibilities offered in the
transformation of these sounds. Whilst such material
might easily suggest a narrative or other extra-musical
meaning, we didn't aim to explore this. The 'journey'
which the listener takes, then, is a surreal one as
images melt, distort, change colour or become sharply
focused. The original recorded music becomes part of
a bigger musical discourse and never appears as musical
quotation, since even the most familiar sound is transformed
in ways which lead the ear to concentrate on shapes
and gestures derived from, but often unnoticeable in
a prize at the Bourges Competition and a Special Mention
in the Prix Italia.