Originally commissioned by and composed for the UK’s Cities and Memory project, “The Distant Horizon” closes their Various Artists compilation album “The Sound of Adventure”(March 2024). The band offer this track here as a stand alone release.

A global, collaborative sound art and field recording program with the aim, as they say, “of remixing the world one sound at a time”, Cities and Memory have, over the years collected thousands of field recordings from around the world and commissioned artists to re-imagine them in composition.

Working with a field recording made along the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the band both incorporated the original sound into the new piece and took inspiration from it in composing this new work, like an underscoring of the experience, both full of wonder and melancholy.

 

“Masterful and transformative!!! A wonderful piece to wake up to on a spring morning, like throwing open the windows and letting the day in with all its shifting currents of promise, of movement, of mercurial moments of joy and the hum of eternity.”
Max Reinhardt, BBC 3/Soho Radio (London)

 

released April 15, 2024
Summer Serafin – vocals.
Michael Serafin-Wells – guitars, baritone guitar, bass, tape loops, percussion, vocals.
Sylvia Solanas – vocals.

Composed by Michael Serafin-Wells. c. 2024 Thirteen November Music (ASCAP).

Recorded live, noisily and in a hurry at The Shrine – NYC.
Field recording – Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Produced by Bipolar Explorer.
Mastered by Scott Craggs, Old Colony – Boston.
Cover image by Sylvia Solanas.