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by Ian Holloway

Arcade 13:12


A phonography of the Pier in Mumbles, Swansea.
Quiet World thirty one

Back in late 2008 I engaged on a spree of field recordings most of which I immediately deleted becaue truthfully it was way too windy to be recording outdoors in Wales at that time of the year. The rest have languished in a file on my PC ever since. These are two of my favourites from that burst of activity as they record two sides to the pier near my home.
At the time of writing (May 2012) the pier itself is a ramshackle affair populated only by anglers and the occasional tourist brave enough to walk the rickety planks out to the end. It is a beautiful old thing though, built in 1898 as a dock for the steamers bringing tourists into the town. At the entrance to the pier is a cafe & games arcade and to the side is a set of steps that allow you to get down onto the rocks and beach underneath. These are the two aspects reflected in this phonography as they reflect very different sonorities.


released May 30, 2012


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