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this edition of framework:afield has been produced in scotland by regular contributor mark vernon. note from the producer:
Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm
Produced by Mark Vernon
A version of this latest work by Mark Vernon is due for imminent release on Ãkos Garaiâ€™s 3Leaves label. â€˜Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calmâ€™ is a soundscape composed from field recordings made in Sri Lanka between October and December 2013. The work was produced during a 6-week residency at Sura Medura, Hikkaduwa on the South West coast of the country. Other recording locations included; Galle, Ambalangoda, Matara, Debera, Yala, Bundala, Udawattakale, Kandy, Sigiriya, Sinharaja, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Welligama and Colombo.
The residency was supported by UZ Arts and Creative Scotland.
â€œThere is an odd looking machine in the New Hindu Kovil on Sea Street in Colombo kept within a rusty cage to protect it from rats. When the machine is switched on a motor kicks metal clappers and drumsticks into operation. In perfect rhythm, the clappers ring on the bells and cymbals, and the drumsticks mark out a background tattoo on the drum. Its purpose is to banish unwanted and intrusive â€œbadâ€ exterior sounds; the tuk tuk horns, the quarrelling street traders, the general commotion of the material world. The repetitive mechanical mantra of drum, bell and cymbal effectively drowns out all other sounds, using one form of noise to counteract the other. Thus is created a meditative space, a place for contemplation and prayer amidst the hubbub of quotidian realityâ€.