Howlround - Ghosts of Bush House
A few weeks ago a friend and I popped down to the Royal Albert Hall to see Staff Benda Bilili in full swing at their late (and great) prom performance. In the queue we got talking to a sound artist by the name of Robin "The Fog" (the latter nickname owing to a penchant he has for fog horns, of course).
Robin told us how he used to work in Bush House where the BBC World Service was broadcast from for 70 years until their move to Broadcasting House in Portland Place this summer gone. Inspired by the historic buidling Robin has self-released his own album, a sonic portrait of the structure itself. It was 'entirely produced on site, using recordings made within the hallowed hallways, two elderly reel-to-reel machines and not that much else', and the result crafts an engrossing soundscape. Indeed its not quite 'world music' but it does raise interesting topics about the use of modern day ethnomusicological field recording techniques to explore urban environments, and Robin was a nice man so I'd like to share his music with you here! - Enjoy The Ghosts Of Bush ...
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