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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, February 22, 2006
    Shipwreck Radio

    I used to think that Songs from the Cold Seas was the ultimate in ice music. Until I heard Nurse With Wound's astonishing Shipwreck Radio Volume One: Seven Sonic Structures from Utvaer.

    The link describes a fascinating story of two musicians voluntarily abandoned for three months to the icy realms of Lofoten, Norway, high above the Arctic Circle, with limited recording equipment and no musical instruments, to record a series of audio responses to their harsh environment, which were then transmitted to the local mariner's radio station at unannounced intervals.

    Steven Stapleton and Colin Potter aren't just any old musicians, of course. They're masterful sound sculptors. And this is a wierd vastness of an album, the record of their adventure, making me feel cooler still as the night air closes in.