Persistence of Sound / PS007 CD / DL
A composed soundscape created from sounds recorded on location at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas. As well as the rural environment, recordings of various machines, equipment and processes from the workshop feature heavily. ‘Performed’ by technician Eden Jolly sound sources include the copper guillotine, extractor fans, electrical saws, drills, the furnace, welding torches, anvils, hydraulic jacks, sanding machines, grinders and electric hoists.
Originally produced for SSW’s radio station Lumsden Live in 2021. This is a condensed, reworked version created specifically for this release.
Available to purchase here.
Thanks to Eden, Jenny, Sam and all at SSW.
“The work of Mark Vernon is a kind of aural alchemy, conjuring nuggets of gold from everyday ephemera… Rather than simply documenting a landscape or an object, Vernon’s work sweeps recorded sounds – from the rural environment to industrial machinery – into something fantastic and new, creating vivid soundscapes from disparate sonic detritus.”
Spenser Thomson, Electronic Sound
“…the end result is something both enthralling and beguiling. Sounds clatter, throb, respire, and twitter… creating mood and intrigue with every emitted noise.”
“Elements are sped or slowed, sequences are dissembled and constructed into imaginary processes, and the steady rhythm of tape loops allows for the creation of new sonic machines… there’s a remarkable trait to the assembly of these compositions that makes it all flow and feel so right – it’s as if they’re following the natural logic of another world, of a world behind this world, perhaps.”
Connor Kurtz, Harmonic Series
“There was no clear-cut line between what is, and what can never be. Ambiguous song titles, disembodied sounds, and that all-important sensory breakdown between the real and the fantastic, the tangible and the fanciful, the visible and the illusory.”
Michael Eisenberg, Avant Music News, October, 2022