***Released by Wayside and Woodland Recordings: waysideandwoodlandrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/haunted-woodland-volume-four
Last year’s release by Charles Vaughan was supposed to be the final instalment in our Haunted Woodland series but then our good friends Surfacing were commissioned by the art organisation Ordinary Culture to write and perform a work inspired by Dukes Wood – an area of woodland in central Nottinghamshire that was home to the UK’s first commercial oilfield – and it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.
Across four gurgling, spluttering tracks of broken occult techno and ghostly industrial noise, Surfacing delve deep into the eerie beauty of Dukes Wood. Here, nature is explored not as a restorative refuge from modern life, but as a dark ecology central to (and threatening) our civilization.
The three parts of ‘Black Corpse of the Sun’ were recorded live at Dukes Wood; ‘Oilmuzak’ was recorded at Surfacing’s HQ in Nottingham.
released 31 October 2013
Surfacing are : David Bell, Remi Fox-Novák & Daniel Horner.
These recordings were made using: laptop, synth, drum machine, guitar, contact mic and samples.
Tracks 1-3 recorded live at Dukes Wood, 31/8/2013.
Track 4 recorded in Nottingham, September 2013.
Commissioned by Ordinary Culture for the Dukes Wood Project, August-September 2013.
Special thanks : Sam, Aaron, Yvonne, Dukes Wood Oil Museum, Rob, Ben & Eric.