Set in 20th century days of ocean liners crossing The Atlantic this piece of sound art, ‘Sailing the North Atlantic’, using samples of ‘found sound’ (i.e. using sound samples I ‘found’ then captured and manipulated to create music/sound art) is another from my Cosa Nostra concept album. The album was themed around a storyboard I created. A bit like Romeo & Juliet except the families at war are both 20th century Mafia.
My central character had to journey to New York to catch up with the killer of his lover back in Scilly and avenge her death.
Here though, it’s not about him. What I was trying create for this piece was the feel of the journey from start to finish, through the ‘eyes’ of the ocean liner rather than the character’s emotions or the ocean itself. I was looking to get the feel of movement across water of a giant ship, motion, engines at work, the flavour of sounds inside and on deck. This is why no basic melody kicks in for the first 77 seconds of the track. It had to get out of port and build up a head of steam.
‘Cosa Nostra’ was a big project and lyric free. Its sole purpose was to try to tell a story through the various emotions that sound can deliver. There’s a lot going on and personally I prefer to listen through headphones, or with the volume pumped up.
Hope you like it.
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