MARK PETER WRIGHT is a composer and sound artist who won a BBC Radio 3 award in 2009 for his piece A Quiet Reverie.
He also runs the Ear Room website through which he compiles interviews with noted sound artists and musicians such as Eric Leonardson, Francisco López and Andrea Polli. He’s also just put up an interview with me on it, for which I am grateful indeed.
The first example of Mark’s work I’d heard was around the time of his winning the Radio 3 award. It was a composition made from recordings along the coast in the north-east of England titled Mal de Mer.
The elemental subjects of wind and tide are popular with sound-hunters, but they can be challenging to capture well. The temptation is there to retreat to the position of bystander, partly preoccupied with worries about wind-noise or recording levels, rather than immersing oneself in the all-surrounding soundscape.
Mal de Mer was more original and wild-sounding than any other seashore recording I’d heard up until then or since. This was the fruit of intense listening, and it conveyed a sense of personal dissolution within the subject recorded: the listener as a pebble cast up before what Ted Hughes called the whale’s den.
Fortunately Mark has uploaded some of his recordings and compositions onto Soundcloud here. This is Mal de Mer:
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