53.008177, -0.955982: detailed background notes to the composition

landschaft 034a

Available to listen to and buy at Bandcamp

Release date: 24 February 2023

Format: digital download. Artwork and typography by Landschaft.

The work explained

The geo-location 53.008177, -0.955982 is by the river Trent near the villages of Caythorpe and Hoveringham in Nottinghamshire in the UK.

This quiet location sits on the northern shore on the flat floodplain, facing the rising southern escarpment banking against the river. The Trent was known of old as the Wanderer, it's meanders rebounding between the harder southern formations and the more friable northern strata. Here we face that southern escarpment undercut across the river carving it's slow path through the eons.

In the mid 20th Century wiers were constructed raising the river level every few miles that previously had been shallow shoals and narrow navigable channels. Just downstream was a ford, and many more punctuated the course of the river, clued in the names of riverside villages, Shelford, Wilford, Hazleford and so forth. Ferrys lasted longer surviving the taming of the river and one sat a few metres downstream of 53.008177, -0.955982. There are no traces remaining of either on the northern shore, but on the southern, there is a deep-cut cart track up the escarpment to the village of Kneeton, now an isolated hamlet, or more accurately a village for it has a church, cut off from the north tucked betwwen a WWII era air base and the escarpment.

That same airbase tells it's story on the monument stone to two Lancaster bomber crashes; all 14 aircrew from both were lost in 1945, a short walk from the elbow in the road to Hoveringham. The monument was erected by Helen Nall of Hoveringham Hall in 2009.

So that is a brief summary of the microscosm that inspired this quiet reflective work.

I have made a Dolby Atmos mix, and am pondering the best way to publish. It currently sits as a Broadcast wave file and a conversion to an image-less MP4. The standard stereo mix is prented in Bandcamp.