Motion is an innovative new album by sound artists Toby Marks and Andrew Heath. Although the pair have collaborated on individual tracks and shows before, this is the first album they have worked on together.
Toby and Andrew started making extensive field recordings on trips to the four corners of Britain during 2018. They went deep into Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales, explored Suttle Stone Quarries in Bournemouth, hopped on the Swanage Ferry to Poole Harbour, took to the air with the Yorkshire Gliding Club, floated down the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and rode the Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk.
By the end they had a staggering hundred hours of audio in total, which they processed and transformed, blending piano, guitars and electronics, to produce a deeply meditative, endlessly unfolding collection.
Sometimes evoking images of machinery, sometimes of nature, these pieces flow and twist, at all times maintaining a humanity and sense of personal experience at their core. At times intense, sometimes barely even present in the mix, the music enthralls and entices, drawing the listener into a world both seemingly familiar and weirdly unknown – a quite alien, and yet still organic, space, a space which is of this world and yet ultimately of Marks and Heath’s own invention.
released May 10, 2019
Toby Marks - Field recordings, Sound design, Guitar, Guitar synthesizer
Andrew Heath - Field recordings, Sound design, Piano, Electric Piano
All music written and performed by Toby Marks and Andrew Heath
For Stone (west)
with thanks to Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Adam Lemalle, Jeff Smith and The Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
With Iron (south)
with thanks to Suttle Stone Quarries, Bournemouth - Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, Nikki Farmer
In Air On Water (north)
with thanks to Yorkshire Gliding Club, Leeds and Liverpool Canal and Roger Burghall
By Fire (east)
with thanks to Bure Valley Railway, Howard Turner, Dee Hanner and Peter Toll
This is inspired - lots of fresh and panoramic sounds here. Strong writing, some rockin grooves, lush beatless glides, lovely wordless vocals and a profoundly cosmic undercurrent throughout. This is Banco's strongest album of new material in 15 years. Thanks for sticking with it Toby. :) Mike G @ Ambient Music Guide