Monty Adkins's music is characterised by slow-shifting organic textures often derived from processed instrumental sounds and found sounds. In general, his work draws together elements of found sounds, processed instrumental sounds, and electronic sounds into a richly melodic and harmonic tapestry.
Rift Patterns is about the psychogeographical exploration of sounds relating to places and how sounds impact on our identity and feelings. Psychogeography, historically associated with the exploration of our cities and the 'drift' from place to place, has been described by Joseph Hart as "a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities... just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape".
In Rift Patterns, Adkins continues his drift from the city into the country and into our inner world of thoughts and relationships. In this album he uses found sounds from many locations. He places them in a piano to prepare the strings. And he produces surprising and beautiful sonorities.
Tracks & Excerpts
1 Tender light, rising
3 Ecstatic Drift
4 Secret Dreams
5 Tender light, calmed air
6 Clockwork Cities
8 Tender light, falling
Enhanced Versions with Interactive iBook
As the music was being completed Adkins invited the writer Deborah Templeton, video artist Jason Payne and photographer and graphic designer Stephen Harvey to respond in their own way to the music, the ideas behind it and each other’s work.
The result is an interactive iBook containing music, text, moving image photography and film. This will be distributed to customers purchasing the enhanced 16bit or 24bit digital download versions from ...
Cover image, photography, iBook design and production: Stephen Harvey
Text: Deborah Templeton
Video: Jason Payne
Mastering: Dominique Bassal