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Tree Time

by Sylvia Hallett

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👽🍹 A journey through haunted woods on alien land. A thought provoking concept and thoroughly surreal compositions. Favorite track: Thicket History.
Gavin Hellyer
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Gavin Hellyer Very very delightful and intriguing field recordings out of a Tottenham tree garden. Highly therapeutic indeed.
Favorite track: The Trees Have No Tongues.
charlotte arculus
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charlotte arculus What wood tells us when we make interesting conversations. Beautiful.
Jeremy Clarke
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Jeremy Clarke Well, that's a nice surprise. Buy an album then discover it's in The Wire's Top 50 for 2020.
Susanna Ferrar
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Susanna Ferrar Oh this is so gorgeous I don't want it to end!
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Plane Chant 02:34


Tree Time is a reflection on the derelict Tottenham garden, now a forest, next door to me, full of sycamores, holly, walnut, horse chestnut, hazel, elder, jasmine and ivy where the birds nest and the bees go for nectar, and the squirrels chase and chatter along their aerial runways. Underground in the root system a family of foxes dig out their tunnels and palaces.
During this time of pandemic lockdown, I have been fortunate to have time to listen to the wind soughing in the trees, and get drawn into a different time dimension - the trees speak slowly and ponderously, over centuries, rooting down to the memories that are stored in their fibrous trunks. There is a huge canopy of Russian Vine at one end, and every year it advances further into my garden until I deal with it.
I used some of this vine along with other small branches - beech, ash and sycamore, to make sound, using a violin bow to bring out their resonant qualities. They behave like something between a string and a tongue of wood, then in real time I processed the sounds using simple guitar pedals - delay, pitch-shift and looper. The tracks are all improvised and edited, but no overdubbing.


released June 3, 2020

all tracks by Sylvia Hallett
edited by SH
produced by Sylvia Hallett and Clive Bell


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Sylvia Hallett London, UK

Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer moving between violin, Hardanger fiddle, saw, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, bowed bicycle wheel, bowed vines and branches, and electronics. She works with dancers, musicians and theatre. She was commissioned by the Livio Felluga Wine Company to create and perform a solo site-specific work on a hill in an Italian vineyard. ... more

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