“TheAdelaidean reminds us that isolation is sublime. That is, in the traditional meaning of the word — beautiful and somehow menacing at the same time. The sounds here straddle the line between both in a profound way.” — deepspace (ambient artist)
Performing in the time of COVID-19 is a challenge. Australian ambient/experimental composer The Adelaidean recorded this album live in Slingsby Theatre Company’s Hall of Possibility on 18 July 2020; it’s a beautiful wooden venue surrounded by trees, with a café out front and one of the busiest roads in Adelaide passing nearby. Full of props from and memories of a time when full houses were permitted, this was the perfect venue for what was already a layered sound with multiple resonances of great significance to me.
By intention, I was the only person present.
The new arrangements created especially for this performance were captured using multiple microphones scattered through the hall. I mixed the recording for sonority as well as clarity, striving to reproduce every sound as evocatively as possible. In the finished tracks, you will hear birds, traffic, and me occasionally “playing” the hall’s creaks and pops like a giant instrument.
Picture you and me alone, but for the music and all the world it conveys.
ISOLATION the album available from Projekt Records
HER PERILOUS MANSION available from Allen & Unwin Book Publishers
Watch “Isolation Part Two” on YouTube
MOTH and INVISIBLE MUSIC available on Bandcamp
Thanks to Krysten Schiller at Music Corner North, Andy Packer of Slingsby, Thom Buchanan for his amazing art, and to Sam at Projekt for so many reasons.
Composed, recorded and mixed by theAdelaidean.
Performed by Sean Williams.