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Sam Annand (fka Architeq) makes canny use of a disused grain silo’s 36.5” reverb time as part of a project highlighting and experimenting with uniquely reverberant spaces around Scotland.
Using a mixture of Modular synth systems, a Roland Juno-6, drum cymbal, and an array of hi-end mics and speakers, the recordings in ‘Saturday 21 May 2016’ render a richly sonorous reading of the silo’s architecture and the space’s inherent soul, with colourfully sweet synth tones connoting its original function, to store sugar beet in the ‘60s, and though to starker, isolated tones and patterns that perhaps speak to the concrete building’s isolation ever since, stranded unused in Fife, eastern Scotland.
“In 2014, the Resono project was set up to study a number of highly reverberant locations around Scotland, with the aim of exploring and experimenting with the sonic qualities and possibilities offered by each.
Research for the project took place in spaces including a water reservoir, giant sea caves, oil storage facilities, an abandoned munitions factory, an early 19th century ice house and a cathedral. Among them was a 200 feet tall disused concrete silo, built in 1964 by the British Sugar Corporation to store sugar beet, but abandoned just eight years later. With the exception of a brief revival in the early 2000s for grain storage, the structure has remained empty.
The extreme acoustics exhibited by Cupar Grain Silo are an accidental artefact of it’s ambitious industrial architecture, with a reverberation time approximating 36.5 seconds. Using impulse responses made within the structure, bespoke music was produced, sympathetic to these acoustics. These compositions were then reamplified back into the space in front of a live audience on Saturday 21 May 2016.”