Looped Bazaar

Apr 13, 2017, 12:19 PM

Loop-based reimagined version of the sound of stringed instruments being played in a bazaar in Uzbekistan. Reimagined by Gavin Morrow, April 2017.

"First of all, a small musical section of the field recording was put onto a homemade cassette loop. The one I used was particularly battered, and the tape produced a soothing analogue hiss. This was then pitched right down, as I wanted to create a the whole new atmosphere – from jaunty and effervescent to something more reflective and sombre. I created layers of drones using tiny sections of instrumentation, which were time-stretched digitally, recorded onto audio cassette, then slowed down on a multi-track recorder. Once all the layers were recorded onto tape, they were fed through effects pedals, with plenty of reverb, and just a touch of distortion in places.

The original field recording is of a lively, bustling and thriving market. My re-imagined piece is of the same location, but suggests a different mood and time. Maybe the early hours of the morning, when the traders and shoppers have long gone home, with just the echoes of the day's excitement swirling in the wind."