El Dorado

Folkestone’s El Dorado: An auditory ramble through The Warren

Commissioned for the Folkestone SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment 2018.

El Dorado is a triptych of soundscapes combining original music and field recordings capturing the unique sounds of Folkestone Warren: a designated local nature reserve (LNR) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

The field recordings were made over three consecutive mornings in the first week of July, between 4am and 7am, during the dawn chorus when the avian inhabitants of The Warren are at their most vocal. Listen out for the buzzing of passing insects, the approaching sound of the shore, and the dawn train emerging from the Abbot’s Cliff tunnel.

The music aims to convey the varying atmosphere and character of the landscape – from the eerie denseness of the woodland, across the undulating chalk grassland, to the lull of the lapping shore at the journey’s end. The interpretations, performed on electric guitars, employing space-rock, Romantic, and ambient styles.

The tracks were available to download during the festival, along with a route map, to accompany you on a journey (physical or virtual) through the landscape. Headphones are required to best experience the stereophonic field recordings.

House Of Easement

House of Easement is a sound installation of pastiche Tudor style music specially composed in response to the ‘mock-Tudor’ architecture of the public toilets at Pleydell Gardens, Folkestone.

The composition takes the form of a pavan and galliard: a pair of courtly dances popular during the Tudor Period (1485-1603). It is historically traditional for these tunes to be dedicated to, or named after, a nobleman or other person of distinction.

A small pattress box, containing a media player and mini speaker, was fixed to the ceiling of each facility, and recordings of the compositions set to play on a loop.
House Of Easement 5The work was exhibited as part of the Fringe Open events that ran for the duration of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial
– folkestonefringe.com/events/house-of-easement/.


Score to the film ‘Polymer’ an animated short film made specially for the 2016 Folkestone SALT Festival, a festival of the sea and environment. Watch the trailer here.