I began composing this album with the idea to define an area in shadow; I imagined this shaded place to be surrounded by light.
Because my music has quite an architectural process, I need to be thinking about a peculiar space, moment, or land which inspires me.
The title, "Stroll into the Shade for a Moment", is extracted from the book "Heart of Darkness" by the English author Joseph Conrad and is a perfect phrase for creating
this environment as an image, the precise image I needed in my mind for creating these sound-works.
The opening track contains a field recording from a walk along a school next to a park in close proximity to where I live in Hackney.
It was a sunny, winter day where the children were coming in masses out of the school to go home.
The recording sounds remind us of an urban environment close to nature; people sharing a moment of happiness and freedom before returning to their home.
From there, the tone changes to describe the color of the room where we feel secure, at ease; having time for yourself out of the sun and under a blanket.
While composing, I was also writing the title of each track as a poem to correspond with these imaginary shades.
They were given an order; a reason for each piece to have a place of significance on this album.
"Stroll into the shade for a moment in despite of horizon,
A silent chamber below waiting somewhere another minute for a never ending."
released April 1, 2010
All tracks have been written and recorded by Alexis Béchu with the processing of piano, cello, chord organ, digital-recorder, and sine waves.
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