A sound-art piece, presenting fragments of place and memory – soundmarks - from a short, often-made journey from platform 6 of Glasgow Central Station…through the concourse of that magnificent, cavernous, resonant structure...down through the city’s underground tunnels…resurfacing by Kelvingrove Park…and…back again:
…the air pressure releases, the announcements, the footsteps, the calls of passers-by and train assistants … the underground tunnels seem to throb and breathe … the cash splayed out, the turnstile admitting traveller after traveller … subterranean water drops, the scream of metal on metal, the shaking carriages … on to birdcalls overhead...
The four movements of the work trace this journey; the pitches of the haunting background drones are derived from the formant frequencies of the vowels of Glasgow Green Station.
Stations of the Clyde was composed for the ‘Stations of the Green’ exhibition curated by The Drouth’s Johnny Rodger and Mitch Miller, focusing on Turner Prize winning GSA alumnus Douglas Gordon's demolished public artwork 'Proof' at the remains of Glasgow Green Station. The exhibition ran at New Glasgow Society 1307 Argyle St. Glasgow, 26th April – 17th May 2013
Stations of the Clyde is dedicated to Patricia Donald, a true daughter of the Clyde.
Stephen Davismoon was born in London and has had a professional composition career for more than 20 years and has written music for a broad range of ensembles and situations – from solo pieces through to works for full orchestra, with and without voices. He has also realised a number of live electronic/interactive; electroacoustic and sound-art installation pieces.
He has had performances throughout Europe and the Americas working with many notable musicians, institutions and festivals along the way: Roberto Fabbriciani; Rohan de Saram; Die Neuevocalsolisten; Scottish Opera; Centro Tempo Reale; Das Experimentalstudio der Heinrich Strobel Stiftung; Jan Kopinski; Richard Craig; Luciane Cardassi, CCMIX Studios Paris; Jean-Philippe Wurtz; Le Champs Libre; Ensemble Linea; Ensemble 900; Brake Drum Percussion Ensemble; The Bergensen, Barbirolli and Edinburgh Quartets; Klangwerktage Hamburg; Finestre sul Novecento Treviso.
He is currently Professor of Contemporary Composition and Director of Music and Dance at the University of Salford, Manchester, England.