Swimming 'Mining For Diamonds' Pt.2
Last week we posted a video by documentary film maker, Simon Ellis, portraying the weekend Swimming spent time in the frosty surroundings of Kielder Forest in Northumberland with sonic artist, Dallas Simpson, to produce a binaural recording of their latest single 'Sun In The Island'.
This week, we have an exclusive trailer of the forthcoming binaural short film for Swimming's eagerly anticipated new single.
The band state, "these recordings are about taking you with us to listen to a one off, live version of the music in a totally unique way… Unless we could bring a load of people to these places - this is the only way for anyone to experience our songs like this, with Dallas as the 'vessel' for bringing the music to your ears".
Recorded using tiny microphones worn in Simpson's ears to capture the sound exactly as he is hearing it, certain songs lend themselves to different spaces in order to be stripped right back for a rudimentary performance. As such, 'Sun In The Island' was recorded in a metal dome installation, 'Neutron Wireless Crystal' by the sea and the new single, 'Mining For Diamonds' on the breezy top of a sand dune.
"When you listen back on headphones, then it's you who hears the music in the same way, like you were actually there in the environment. The sound of the instruments, voices and the ambience of the location are all captured in 3D surround sound so you're sonically transported to that time and place each time you listen to the track".
Swimming work with Simpson to decide how far to 'rip open' the space between the sounds in a song. For a single like 'Neutron Wireless Crystal' that has so much going on compositionally, it means the band can be spread out over a larger distance than other tracks. As Simpson moves around and revolves in the space, the listener can get a real sense of the separation between the different speakers and instruments along with an experience of the music poles apart from studio recordings or most live performances.
Swimming will be playing all three dates at this year's Dot to Dot festival, a tri-city event taking place on the 28th, 29th and 30th May in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester alongside a heavy-weight line-up including Hurts, We Are Scientists, The Naked & Famous, The Joy Formidable, Ed Sheeran, Wolf Gang, Alpines, SBTRKT, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
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