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Hambledon Hill

composer
1985

 
Hambledon Hill is an imposing prehistoric hill fort which haunts the English countryside situated in the Blackmore Vale in Dorset. Its earliest occupation was in the Neolithic when a pair of causewayed enclosures were dug at the top of the hill. They were linked by a bank and a ditch in which human skulls were found giving rise to the belief that at one time the causewayed enclosure was used as a mortuary for the ritual disposal of the dead.

In searching for a structure for his string quartet and contemplating the relationship between the acoustic sound of the instruments, their amplified sound and the modification and extension of their sound on tape, Souster stumbled on his basic shape; three concentric circles. Realizing that this was the basic layout of the Iron Age hill fort the ancient structure was to be the main influence for his work.

In performance, the concentricity governs not only the layout of the players surrounded by two rings of loudspeakers but also determines the harmonic and melodic structure, the instrumental groupings within the quartet and, in a sense the overall registers of the whole work which moves in a circular progression from high to low and back again.

from notes by Nic Pendlebury © 2007

Recordings

Ghost stories
Studio Master: SIGCD088Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD088 [15'13] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD088 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-07-08801
Duration
15'13
Recording date
7 July 2006
Recording venue
Trinity College London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Cotton & Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Ghost stories (SIGCD088)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2007
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