Pre-order of Undertow. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Purchasable with gift card
releases October 30, 2020
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight light transparent blue with dark opaque blue coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip.
Includes digital pre-order of Undertow.
You get 2 tracks now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
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.