Simon Whetham
Ascension_Suspension
CD (E41)

These minimally-processed recordings of cable cars were made during
a trip to the Portes du Soleil region of France, in Les Gets, Morzine and
Les Lindarets. The sounds have been layered to enhance the feelings
of suspense and tension experienced during the journey.

Bristol-based Simon has been a musician for almost 20 years. In 2000
he composed and recorded the soundtrack to artist Kathryn Thomas’ first
solo London exhibition, and has continued to record music for her shows,
as well as working on his own experimental pieces. Simon’s previous
work, ‘Dark Light Audio Tracks’, was released by the online label Filament
Recordings in June 2006. The work is a soundtrack to an exhibition,
A Dark Light, which comprises paintings, photography and film taken on
and informed by a trip to Iceland in 2005.


See also
Simon Whetham (E72)


Out of print




Simon Whetham, Dulaankhaan, Mongolia 2006
Photograph by Carl Whetham


I must say I heard his work with some fascination. He cleverly repeats
lengthy blocks of sounds, thus creating the illusion of a trip, with occasional
bumps along the ride. Field recordings with just a little bit of procession,
but with a high amount of imagination.

Frans de Waard at Vital Weekly

To his credit, Whetham lets the 28-minute recording unfold slowly and
consequently the listener, aided by an evocative stream of tiny rumbles
and chain–like rattles produced by the conveyor and cogs, is easily able
to visualize the car’s ascent.

Ron Schepper at textura

Beautiful sounds come from the most unimaginable things and places,
but it takes a couple of smart ears to catch them and create something
unique. Simon Whetham invented this enthralling acousmatic experience
by ‘minimally processing’ the noises coming from the cable cars in the
French mountains of the Portes Du Soleil region.

Massimo Ricci at Touching Extremes