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this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the uk by paul mallatratt. for more of his work see producer’s notes:

When I pitched my idea for this Framework:afield episode I was on an 11 date UK tour with the band I play in, visiting the major cities in England and Scotland. As I always do now, I took my trusty field recording equipment with me with the idea of capturing what it sounds like to be on tour. A bit like they say in the Spinal Tap film, “the sights, the sounds, the smells of a hard working rock band on the road”.

Many people will have attended live music events but unless you’re the one performing you might not know what it sounds like back stage. In this episode you’ll hear what I heard on the road in the UK and Europe during tours between March and early June 2022. As you’ll hopefully gather, it’s not all glamour, there’s a lot of heavy equipment being moved around, and while each day is different they are also quite similar.

The sounds presented here are not in chronological order, but instead weave a narrative from start to finish; from flying out to start the tour, right through to the final live show, and packing up afterwards, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy the ride.

paul mallatratt, 2022.06

[ track  –  time ]

    1. Take Off – Ryanair flight FR7348, seat 27C (0.00 – 3.14)
    2. Outside Eindhoven Airport, The Netherlands, early morning (3.06 – 5.10)
    3. Load in/Soundcheck, Concorde 2, Brighton, UK (5.02 – 8.14)
    4. Outside Trinity College, Cambridge, UK (day off sightseeing) (7.54 – 9.46)
    5. Load in/soundcheck, The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK (9.28 – 12.26)
    6. Walk, quick chat & elevator to hotel lobby, Walsall, UK (12.14 – 14.26)
    7. Sequence: walk to River Eden, Carlisle, UK (walk from town to river, birdsong, river bank) (14.04 – 22.06)
    8. In the tour bus to Dresden, Germany (21.38 – 24.26)
    9. Load in/soundcheck, Brudenell Club, Leeds, UK (24.12 – 27.36)
    10. View from the hotel, Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands (27.24 – 31.32)
    11. Load in/soundcheck, Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund, Germany (30.52 – 33.38)
    12. Lunchtime in Märzpark, Vienna, Austria (32.58 – 37.32)
    13. Load in/soundcheck, Regen, Vienna, Austria (36.42 – 41.32)
    14. Train station, Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands (40.50 – 48.32)
    15. Sequence: The sound of live music (setting up, audience arriving, start of show, end of show, audience leaving, packing down) (O2 Academy, Manchester, UK, and Ribs & Blues Festival, Raalte, The Netherlands) (48.04 – 57.00)

Thanks to all personnel and crew from all the venues featured, the Eric Gales band, Chris Monk, drivers and tour managers Wim Booltink (EU) and Mick Fawbert (UK), and my fabulous band mates Danny Bryant, Dave Raeburn, Jamie Pipe, Lauren Young, Mark Wilkinson, Alex Maddison, Finn Bradley, Marc Raner and Lukas Bosshardt.

patrick 2022, framework:afield

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