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.
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
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