sound commissioned a new work last year called In Place as part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme. You might have attended the world premiere performance during soundfestival at the Lemon Tree. The In Place album is now available to buy on Squeaky Kate Music. The album launch is on 11 May, at OCM, The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford.
In Place is a song-cycle with a difference; 10 songs, each setting new texts and mixing live performance, field recording and electronics. In Place explores a sense of place in the British Isles; how it informs our cultural identity; shapes our language and dialects; provides both solace and stimulation, and contains histories both universal and personal. The new texts have been specially created by a set of writers for whom ‘place’ is a guiding force in their work: Robert Macfarlane, Paul Farley, Nick Papadimitrou, Selina Nwulu, Jackie Morris, Daljit Nagra, Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson.
'Wry, understated and slightly bonkers' Shenanigans, 2017 Kate Molleson, The Guardian
‘Something extraordinarily strange and beautiful’ BBC Radio 1
‘Has the hairs rising on the back of your neck.’ Birmingham Post
‘Riley has a restless spirit. His activities in the last few years have resisted categorisation.’ The Guardian
You can also hear Colin on Resonance FM, starting Monday 26th March, 8pm [Clear Spot]. In the first of three programmes he focuses on how the natural world has provided us with a place for inspiration, contemplation, solace and escape. As well as his own music, he plays works by artists for whom nature and landscape is a central source of inspiration, in discussion with Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane (collaborators on the recent best-selling book ‘The Lost Words’) and writer of ‘The Fish Ladder’ Katharine Norbury and a new anthology of women’s writing on landscape (Women on Nature).