Aerial is a sonic photograph of the hills and mountains that surround where I currently live in the north of England. The work is not an attempt to depict one particular location but a response to the landscape as a whole. Throughout the work, the listener is lead through various vistas that are sonic equivalents of a camera zooming in and out. The work forms a pair with Deepfield, both exploring similar materials with differing sonic results.
Aerial was realized in 2002 in the studios of the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM, Paris, France) and premiered on March 7, 2003 during the 20th anniversary concerts of the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) “20/20 Re:Vision” at the CBSO Centre (Birmingham, UK). The work was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Musica Nova 2002 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (Prague, Czech Republic).