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Induction Week Tour

by David de la Haye

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Lecture Room 02:32
Corridor 01:57


The Armstrong Building is the oldest building on the current site of Newcastle University, completed in 1888. It contains the large congregational hall, the King's Hall, in which many of University's live concerts are held. The ground floor contains spaces used by the Music department, in which I am a member of the technical team.

These single-take recordings were captured on a particular Thursday afternoon. Both student and professional public concerts are typically scheduled for this day, even more so during this induction week as a host of other music-events are organised.

These eerie ambiences mark not only the reduced citizenship on campus. When our musicians are no longer supported, practice rooms and concert halls fall silent. Without cultural advocacy, their voices are lost to the drones of lighting strips, flickering and lonely.

(All sounds recorded to submit to Tim Nielsen ambience library, collecting donations for The Water Project)


released October 17, 2020


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David de la Haye Durham, UK

David is an underwater sound recordist, composer, researcher, and music technician.

When not listening to his pond he plays bass for internationally renowned Folk groups 'Monster Ceilidh Band' and 'Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies'.

He lives in Durham and is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University.
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