Commissioned to open Durham Brass Festival in 2011, Drifts and Panels was a collaborative composition project, with Ed Carter’s band Winter North Atlantic working alongside a group of the region’s leading brass band musicians.
Commencing in the studio with no pre-prepared material, over two days the players worked together to develop new melodies, textures, and rhythms, creating musical responses to associated images and themes. The central concept was inspired by the work of John Buddle, an eminent mining engineer in the North of England, known for developing ‘dumb drifts’ and ‘panel ventilation’.
The resulting body of recordings provided the building blocks for the new compositions, which were then edited, arranged, and remixed, in some cases completely deconstructing the recorded material. The notation for these new versions was then scored and presented back to the brass players for the live performance of five original tunes, alongside new brass arrangements for existing Winter North Atlantic tracks. The collaboration also included guest vocals written and performed by folk singer Emily Portman, and visuals by Supanaught.
The film includes two live tracks from the performance at the opening night of Brass Festival 2011 at Durham Town Hall, with brass arrangements created especially for the event. These are followed by a short documentary by Alan Fentiman, showing the process behind the project, including studio footage from the recording sessions in Newcastle. The film concludes with studio mixes of the five new songs created during the commission.
14 July 2020
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