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by Bridget Chappell

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Heavy Machinery Records proudly presents UNDERTOW - the debut full length album by Australian electronic composer and cellist Bridget Chappell (Hextape).

Electronic composer and cellist Bridget Chappell (Hextape) takes contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation sourced from the City of Melbourne's Open Data Platform, and runs it through a process of sonification to create UNDERTOW - a stunning original work composed for cello, electronics and Melbourne's extraordinary public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells. The result is a searingly original data-driven work that combines neoclassical strings, industrial percussion, glitch and the Bells to create an exciting and thought-provoking site-specific sound work.

Bridget Chappell is an award-winning Australian sound artist working on the unceded lands of the First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee. Their often data-driven work explores colonial responsibility, the climate crisis, policing and surveillance, and rave nostalgia.

The land where Birrarung Marr Park and the Federation Bells now stand were underwater: forming part of a system of rivers, creeks, marshland and lagoons, much of which today has been driven underground and away from the city’s conscious face. Now contained in a network of drains, some trace an underground path mirroring – or mocking – the rivers’ original flow. Using the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, Bridget Chappell combines contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation. Through a process of sonification – the musical representation of visual data – they perform an original work: an aural painting of the last 185 years of the Birrarung River (“Yarra”) and Narrm bay (“Port Phillip”) composed for the Federation Bells and cello.

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File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Contemporary Classical


released October 30, 2020

Composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Bridget Chappell
© Bridget Chappell 2020
Bell recordings by Harry Williamson
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio Melbourne
Curated and produced by Miles Brown
Art and design by Luke Fraser at Grin Creative
Original cover photo by Neville Bowler
The music on this album was commissioned by the City of Melbourne


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