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Song of the Machine

by HIA

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A sonic study of early steam powered beam engines, originally conceived as a large scale octophonic live concert performance ‘Watt’s Orbit’, now re-realised in stereo 96k/24bit audio files as ‘Song of the Machine’.

A dark journey through the heart of the beast

Twelve revolutions per minute

Machine memories

Memories of machines

Made in Birmingham

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Bandcamp only release.


All tracks written and produced by Bobby Bird.

Location recordings by Bobby Bird @
Crofton Beam Engines Wiltshire,
Papplewick Pumping Station Northamptonshire,
London Museum Of Water and Steam,
Think Tank Birmingham,
Watt’s Cottage Bo’ness

More info on Watt's Orbit octophonic live performance & location recordings at wattsorbit.org

Special thanks to Nils Edstrom for additional location recording & Scylla Magda for project co ordination & support.

Image credit:
Scanning electron microscope image of Iron fracture surface by TESCAN: tescan.com

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released January 6, 2022

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