The second in a trilogy of albums that celebrate the Dartmoor landscape. Ancient and delicately beautiful flute songs recorded in our ceremonial roundhouse with wooden flutes carved from the wood of thirteen trees native to these islands. The journey to create this album took over a year to complete, from the carving of the twenty flutes made for these recordings from indigenous woods sourced on Dartmoor, to the recording sessions themselves which took place around the roundhouse fire, mostly at night. Each flute, and each type of tree contained within it, sang with its own voice, harboured deep within the grain of the wood. The neolithic-style roundhouse was built by us (helped by friends) to honour the ancestors of Dartmoor. It was made from the very bones of the land: granite, oak and rye grass thatch. At the centre of the house burns the hearth fire while the light from the moon passes over the stone threshold and through the open door. The roundhouse became the sanctuary and birthplace for these flute songs.
In the studio the source recordings were layered and combined with musical sound features to enhance the tone and atmosphere of each track. No other instruments were used to create this music; these are the simplest of recordings, pure acoustic sound within a natural and ancient environment, and an echo of the spirit of the sacred landscape as heard by our ancestors. The flutes are tuned to typical European keys; thirteen keys were used here, through a full octave from low C Oak to high C Willow.
TRACKS: Oak, Yew, Thorn, Beech, Rowan, Alder, Elm, Holly, Scots Pine, Hornbeam, Ash, Silver Birch, Willow.
Album length: 70 minutes.
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