SHACKLETON + VENGEANCE TENFOLD
- >South Devon
- >North Devon
Hot on the heels of his Fabric 55 release in 2011, unique British bass producer Shackleton collaborated with his original musical partner, spoken word artist Vengeance Tenfold, to present his own distinctive vision of a journey through some very special parts of Devon for our Sonic Journeys series.
In partnership with Beaford Arts and The Dartington Hall Trust, sounduk commissioned Shackleton and Vengeance Tenfold to create and record an exclusive new Sonic Journey in response to and inspired by sections of two of the most beautiful stretches of train line in the South West using part of the main line between Exeter and Totnes, and part of the Tarka line between Exeter and Barnstaple.
Travelling from Exeter to Newton Abbot, in South Devon the artists respond musically to the iconic stretch of railway as the stopping train travels through the Exe estuary from Starcross station and journeys along the sea and wonderfully dramatic scenery.
In North Devon, listeners can enjoy a contrasting experience along a section of the Tarka line which runs beside the River Taw through the middle of North Devon's UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Starting from Portsmouth Arms station heading north towards Barnstaple, the piece takes in countryside which once inspired Henry Williamson's classic novel 'Tarka the Otter' and has changed little since the railway opened in the mid 19th century, but which is now a case study in facing the environmental changes to come."
Now as part of The Space, from 29 June to 31 October, you will be able to download these two exclusive free tracks and instructions via sonicjourneys.co.uk to your own mp3 player from thespace.org and then embark on the same walks to experience the music on your own personal headphones whilst moving through the moving through the landscape that inspired it.
Together the pieces will form a unique link between North and South Devon in what we hope will be a highly evocative experience for the listener. Don't forget to download the music and map before you leave for your walk and bring your own mp3 player and personal headphones! Fancy creating your own Sonic Journey and being part of The Space
After his first release in 2004 on Mordant Music - a leading leftfield label renowned for atmospheric ambience and electronica - Sam Shackleton became a leading figure in the rapidly evolving underground electronic music scene through his work with Laurie 'Appleblim' Osborne. Together, this West Country/London partnership established the iconic record label 'Skull Disco' in 2005.
Known for their highly innovative and oblique approach to the developing dubstep genre Skull Disco's releases according to music journalist Derek Walmsley, 'evolved beyond rigid formulas, reaching towards a new, organic maturity'.
Ending the label on a high point after only ten releases, Shackleton moved to Berlin in 2008 to further develop his distinctive musical style. Since then he has been in demand both as a producer - remixing work ranging from the 25-piece African collective Kasai Allstars to the famed 1976 collaboration between Brian Eno and German electronic group Harmonia - and as an artist in his own right.
With recent releases ranging from new work on his own newly-established label through to a coveted single-artist slot on the Fabric mix series, Shackleton's evolving sound has won him wide-ranging recognition.
Earl Fontainelle a.k.a. Vengeance Tenfold lives on Dartmoor in Devon where he is working on his PhD dissertation on the subject of silence in the poetics of Plotinus. He plays in the Amsterdam-based Cajun death country band Earl Fontainelle and the Pearl of Great Price and has worked in many other musical and lyrical projects, including a long-term collaborative relationship with Shackleton; most recently they worked together on a live performance alongside the Tom Dale Dance Company involving spoken word, live electronic music, a Siberian Jew's harp, and a lantern