Our Ceramic Life
MP3 Download combining all three tracks of `Our Ceramic Life`.
Commissioned to produce a soundscape for a multimedia exhibition led by Valentine Clays in Stoke on Trent. There is a feeling of a positive resurgence in the ceramic industry centred in Stoke on Trent, with a focus on taking the traditional craft into the future.
Every sound in the work is derived from recordings made in the field at factory sites around the area. These sounds are then isolated, enhanced and then reconstructed into a soundscape representing the forward movement of the raw earth to modern ceramic works.
Track 1. Alchemy. The mystery and magic of producing fine clays from raw materials.
Track 2. Firing. The dramatic exchange of heat for durable beauty.
Track 3. Life Blood. Representing the bringing of life to the crafted objects as well as restoring life to an industry.
Sound Art by John Shapter