Boomkat Product Review:
All Night Flight salvage an impossible-to-find ambient tape for its first proper reissue since the ’93 release. Lovely, serene stuff transcribing a summer’s day in Scotland into a form of environmental ambient composition controlled by the waves, wind, and sunlight
“Cruelly overlooked sound installation works from Brighton-based multi-disciplinary artist Professor Charlie Hooker, self-released in ’93 but here faithfully reproduced from the original master-tapes in cooperation with the artist. Separate Elements is one of Hooker’s pioneering ‘site specific’ sound installations - a large sonic sculpture consisting of music-generating buoys with wind powered sails anchored in an arc in St Andrews Bay, Scotland.
Utilising emergent glass sphere recording technology, Hooker captured the varying amount of Sunlight throughout a summer’s day and transcribed it into a musical score. Reworking these results into a mollifying electronic pulse, the resultant piece is a pacifying synthetic score of sustained chords and swelling overtones, combining the Earth’s four elements into an infinite musical companion. It lures us in like a siren's call, with man-made and natural elements synergising to produce a moment of true calm - the ceaseless crashing of the waves on the rocks, musical phasing created by the wind moving the floating speakers - it’s the sound of nature in stasis.”