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(541) Cursus

by Nemeton

Cursus 01:02:56



released May 28, 2017

Nemeton is the ambient music project of Adrian Newton, a sound artist based in Dorset, UK

About the album:
The Dorset cursus is the largest neolithic feature in northern Europe, stretching for more than 10 km over a chalkland landscape. Constructed over 5000 years ago, its purpose remains enigmatic, but it is believed to have been used as a processionary route for the dead. It is aligned so that the sun sets behind the terminal long barrow at the winter solstice, when the souls of the departed were perhaps taken by the sun to the underworld. 

This piece was produced as the soundtrack to a video of the cursus filmed in winter, at dusk, in foggy conditions. Field recordings made during filming were combined with other found sounds, including those generated by flints collected from both the terminal long barrows of the cursus. Other sound sources included improvised performances using acoustic instruments, which were electronically processed to create a series of evolving textures. The piece is structured to evoke ritualistic movement across the landscape, the features of which are successively revealed and obscured. In this way the composition explores the loss and evolution of meaning through the passage of time. 




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