Rails James O’Callaghan

Rails is an acousmatic-soundscape piece derived from train sounds. It moves between a nostalgic meditation on the many train sounds which make up our immediate soundscape and aestheticized musings on the inherent musical qualities that make up these sounds. As the listener is guided between these points, transformations of image occur - where one sound-image suddenly or gradually becomes another, different image. Often the most striking changes occur in the places where the sounds move from abstracted and gestural manipulations and remerge into their more familiar environments; there is a sense of waking from a dream, or being suddenly roused while lost in thought.

Source: 2011

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