Creating layered, personalised soundscapes is increasingly a lost art. As Richard Evans, co-writer and producer of the Golden Globe-nominated score to Rabbit-Proof Fence, notes, “The opportunity to write bespoke music is getting rarer and rarer”, making the composers’ creative, collaborative approach maverick. They work with a number of artists and experts in their field to create the unusual therapeutic scores including renowned folk singer Jackie Oates, The Nightjar Orchestra, and Liverpool-based band, Stealing Sheep. Just as innovative is their treatment of music and sounds as a kind of equal.
“People say that one definition of music is organised sound,” explains Simon Richmond, a member of The Imagined Village. “With the spa music, we want to make it as much of a kind of natural environment that seems just inherently right for what’s going on.
"In everyday life, we’re so imposed upon by sound and sound pollution… and it’s no coincidence that people are increasingly putting headphones on to try and control their own sonic environment, but it internalises it all. In the spa, you get the chance to be in an open space again with almost a sense of dimension. Recording in surround sound supports this, to bring back a natural sense of sound without being imposed upon.”
Working on the Lush spa soundscapes has led to further projects. Simon Emmerson and Mark Constantine entered into another collaboration when they started up ECC Records; a label designed to hark back to the golden days of British vinyl. The label signs quirky, original musicians, some of whom also collaborate with the Lush spa. Mark has also channelled his passion for birdsong into three books on subject, through his company The Sound Approach.
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