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In Britten's Footsteps

Artists: Chris Watson

Series: Faster Than Sound

Ideas explored: sound design

Faster Than Sound commissioned a new sound work made by Chris Watson retracing Britten’s daily composing walks around Aldeburgh. Britten’s routine was to walk from the Red House in Aldeburgh after his morning’s composing, reviewing what he had just written, planning ahead, all whilst absorbing the natural sounds around him, especially birdsong.

One of the world’s leading wildlife sound recordists responsible for the sound in many BBC wildlife documentaries, Chris Watson also makes performances and live installations. This special commission is based on sounds recorded in Aldeburgh over a year, played back on an ambisonic sound system combined with some of Britten’s cello music performed live by Oliver Coates.

Listen on the BBC website