Wednesday 5 July 2023

Red As A Cold Star

I've been meaning to write a response to the question, "What's the story behind this week's track?" - referring to the Bandcamp only "Red As A Cold Star"
( - forgive the link, the embed code for the Bandcamp player seems to be uncooperative. I am sure the birth of this particular track was among a number of intial ideas I came up with to accompany a sculpture installation based around the theme of underground landscapes, caves, stones and rocks. The overall atmosphere that needed to come across was the feeling of "Deep Time" - time in the geological sense and that which our short human life spans can barely comprehend. "Deep Time" can be imagined when you take the opportunity to look up at the stars on a clear night, their light takes so long to reach us, that we are quite literally looking into the distant past and seeing them as they were millions or billions of years ago. The oldest stars, being cooler, glow with a red light than the younger, hotter stars which appear blue. I was cross referencing this idea of red stars in my mind with the many ancient red hand prints found in caves once used by Prehistoric people, or in rock art by indigenous people in many different parts of the world. Why are they most often red? The image in the artwork for Red as A Cold Star is a photo I took in the Margate Shell Grotto. One of the most myterious places in the U.K. - no one knows for sure when it was created or for what purpose....itself a message from deep time perhaps? Maybe not geologically deep time, but generations old for sure. Red As A Cold Star will disappear from my bandcamp page this Friday, to be replaced by something as yet grab it now if it grabs you. Credits: Colin Edwin - Double Bass, Programming, Drones etc Reuben Balch - Alto Saxophone David Kollar - Guitars

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