Ahead of the In Place album tour starting in May, Colin Riley has made three fascinating programmes for Resonance FM exploring considerations of place with writers involved in this large-scale project plus music and poetry that has informed its making. The first programme, broadcast 26th March is now available:
Commissioned by Sound Festival Scotland with funds from the PRS for Music Foundation and the Arts Council of England In Place explores a sense of place in the British Isles; how it informs our cultural identity; shapes our language and dialects; provides both solace and stimulation, and contains histories both universal and personal. In Place is multi-media song-cycle; 10 songs each setting new texts and mixing live performance, field recording and electronics. Its is also a collection of new writing, new films, images, education work, podcasts and interviews.
The new texts have been specially created by a set of writers for whom ‘place’ is a guiding force in their work: Robert Macfarlane, Paul Farley, Nick Papadimitrou, Selina Nwulu, Jackie Morris, Daljit Nagra, Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson.
As a collection of diverse cultural viewpoints blending personal histories and places across the UK this new song cycle is colourful compendium of ideas; a truly contemporary work. Riley weaves texts and music into idiosyncratic and quirky corners and at the same time harnessing the zeitgeist of current popular interest in field recording, nature writing, wordhoards, regional dialects and psychogeography.
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“Now the set of songs is compete I can see that in their own way, each brings the past and present together. All the songs contain what can be seen as a kind of spell or chant, through the naming of places, actions or things. As Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Landmarks’ says, ‘Words act as a compass; place-speech serves literally to en-chant the land – to sing it back into being, and to sing one’s being back into it.'”
Tags: Arts Council England, Autumn Richardson, Colin Riley, Daljit Nagra, In Place, Jackie Morris, Nick Papadimitrou, Paul Farley, PRS for Music Foundation, Richard Skelton, Robert Macfarlane, Selina Nwulu, Sound Festival Scotland