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It reminds me of what I've been up to here in the last few weeks...

Between working on music and glancing at work email, I'm engrossed in the topography of my local landscape and the restoration of my grandfather's workbench, which he built around 1938.



We live about a half-mile from a large river taking water, about 2 miles down to the ocean. In one corner of our area we have a spot where water flows in from two directions and then down to the river.

Where the water flows is the only part of our yard that hasn't been filled in. They filled to build our house in 1850, then filled to build the barn, then our neighbour filled to build up their adjoining land. But where the water flows is much lower. Over the last year I've been obsessively filling this area with pachysandra and ferns (ground cover plants instead of wild weeds and tree choking vines); we recently re-routed one of the streams so it goes into the sandy pool created by the other stream. The pool contains trout and eel! Elevated about 7 feet uphill is a pool of water that flows over a dam and in the last few years this area has become a hotspot for frogs.



Lots of digging, damming, old wood, debris, artifacts and history. My
 grandfather's workbench contains a lot of his tools and history so I've been engrossed in his life and feeling deep, sad feelings, whilst also somehow maintaining an optimism for the future – a kind of optimism that comes from planting something and watching it grow. I've also got about 50 evergreen trees I've transplanted in this patch so it's a joy to watch new life, year after year.



How are you doing? Are you able to get out for a walk?

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from Touch: Isolation, released June 11, 2020
Mastered by Denis Blackham, 8th April 2020.
Photography and design by Jon Wozencroft.

further listening: elehreleases.bandcamp.com

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Touch: Isolation London, UK

“Auditory space has no favoured focus. It’s a sphere without fixed boundaries, space made by the thing itself… It is not a pictorial space, boxed-in, but dynamic, always in flux, creating its own dimensions moment by moment”. Edmund Carpenter

From R. Murray Schafer's book "The Soundscape, Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World" (Destiny Books, 1977)
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