Chris Watson – In St Cuthbert’s Time / The Sounds Of Lindisfarne And The Gospels

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CD+ booklet - Touch

Many people know Chris Watson as part of the Cabaret Voltaire and the Hafler Trier, as well as for being an able field recordist. He has recently created two new works under the umbrella of Touch. The first takes its inspiration from the time of St Cuthbert of Northumbria: a monk who later become the abbot of the monastery and the Bishop of Lindisfarne. Cuthbert’s life and miracles are indissolubly linked to the history of evangelization in the north of England. The second set is a collection of audio captures recorded near the now ruined monastery building, a place that was a remarkably fertile cultural centre at the beginning of the 8th century. A Viking raid in 793 A.D. ended the community: all the monks were massacred and the library, full of precious manuscripts and historic documents, was destroyed. The relics of the saint are today kept in Durham Cathedral. Durham also hosts the Institute of Advanced Study, a cultural institution that since 2006 has taken specific themes and analysed them from different academic points of view. As part of this, the centre invited Chris Watson to produce a sound installation based on “The Sounds of Time”. Naturally, the piece focuses on recalling past times, but the quality of the sound and the atmospheres created catapult the listener into imaginary landscapes full of references to tough Nordic life. Watson is particularly good at recording animal sounds and this work features some of his best. The animals are also the protagonists of the elegant 24-page colour booklet included with the album.

 

Chris Watson – In St Cuthbert’s Time / The Sounds Of Lindisfarne And The Gospels