en plein air

by Full of Noises

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Van Gogh carried his easel into the open air (‘en plein air’)to capture the bright heat of Provence. Monet painted in his beloved garden at Givernay, recording the fleeting effects of light. Stanhope Forbes donned oilskins and braved the gales on Newlyn quay in an effort to paint life and nature truthfully.

I have attempted something similar in music, hoping to capture the landscape and soundscape of Scilly. The twelve tracks on this album were recorded over twelve months on St Agnes, at twelve different island locations. At the core of each track is an improvisation recorded outside, in situ, in response to the landscape, accompanied by whatever natural ambient sounds were happening at the time: sea, wind, birdsong, tractor… I returned to the studio with this ‘sketch’ and set about creating a rich, finished sound picture, adding piano and electronica, and distilling my personal experience of that particular place at that particular moment into music.


released March 3, 2017

I owe my producer, John Elliott, a massive debt of thanks for his electronic wizardry, his unlimited subtle musicality, and his uncanny ability to transform my original sketches into polished musical reality.

I am also grateful to my daughter, Loveday for taking the the photographs, to Mariya Brachkova for designing the artwork, and to DMS for manufacturing the CD.

Piers Lewin 2017


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Full of Noises UK

Full of Noises is dedicated to original music inspired by the Isles of Scilly - that beautiful sub-tropical archipelago scattered in the Atlantic Ocean 28 miles south west off Land's End. All the music is recorded on the tiny island of St Agnes.
"Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises" (Shakespeare).
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