El Dorado is a triptych of soundscapes combining original music and field recordings that capture the unique sounds and biodiversity of Folkestone Warren: a designated local nature reserve (LNR) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
“The Warren has been termed the El Dorado and the “terra felix” of the entomologists. And not without reason.”
– Rambles Around Folkestone by “Felix”, 1913
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.
The music describes the changing physical and atmospheric 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, or ‘tone poems’, are performed on electric guitars in an ambient, space-rock meets neo-Romantic style.
Commissioned by the Folkestone SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment 2018, audio tracks were available to download during the festival, along with a route map, to accompany the listener on their own journey (physical or virtual) through the landscape. Headphones are recommended to optimise the experience of the stereophonic field recordings.