Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm is a 54-minute composed soundscape created from field recordings made in Sri Lanka by Mark Vernon in 2013. The work was the result of a six-week residency at Sura Medura, Hiikaduwa on the South West coast of the country. The CD is released by the Hungarian label 3Leaves and includes a beautiful 12-page colour booklet in a black die-cut card sleeve designed by Ákos Garai.
The residency was supported by UZ Arts and Creative Scotland.
“…The effect on the listener is like watching a documentary film of Sri Lanka which suddenly changes, for example shifting into negative or over-exposed stock, multiple exposures, unusual lens filters, focus settings…disrupting the sense of temporal continuity we’ve enjoyed thus far, and demanding that we now appreciate this experience as pure sound. But it also passes on a very dream-like effect. It’s as though Vernon himself were hallucinating about Sri Lanka, and passing his strange visions into the sound. Hardly five minutes of Clamour for Calm passes by without one of these uncanny time-shifts taking over, transporting us into a bizarre, slightly menacing, impression, an impression of a country (or an entire world) that never existed.”
Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector.
A version of this work was also featured recently on framework:afield. Listen here: