01. Clay Dreams
Clay Dreams portrays a sense of journey and narrative where notions of listening and location are central. Working from a package of found objects from the site itself, the piece encounters the idea of ‘animism’ or of an audible spirit contained within natural phenomena.
When the package arrived its contents seemed so dry, coughed up from a choked earth, staved of water, starved of life. This thirst and need for renewal became the central compositional focus – an overall cycle of water to stone, a journey from liquid to solid. (Mark Peter Wright)
Odomez is a small town in the North of France, just near the Belgian border.
From 1926 to 1965, it was the hometown of one of the biggest chemical-textile factory plants around, the Kuhlmann factory, which spread over 17 ha and employed about 1500 workers. In 1965, the factory was closed ; while the workers’ housing project nearby remained inhabited. In 1986, an Emmaüs charity community was granted of a part of the old buildings and settled inside, slowly renovating them. In 2006, the local authorities decide that it is time to destroy the abandoned part of the old factory and start looking for funds. In 2007-2008, the demolition of the abandoned buildings is accomplished, opening the area to plans for roads and parks.
North of France is an area that used to be heavily industrialised and is only now slowly coming out of that era, destroying one by one the many abandoned buildings that scattered its landscape. By its unusual situation, the Kuhlmann factory was somehow emblematic of all these buildings, as it remained abandoned for nearly half a century, and thus slowly transformed itself, from a large industrial complex, to an alien group of half-destroyed buildings.
The first principle of the Odomez Serie is to keep a trace of the old Kuhlmann factory ; not only what is was during its activity, about which little is still known, but also what it became when man left it behind. Now that it is destroyed, the Odomez Serie hopes to keep trace of its existence and create out of what was a stimulatingly strange place.
The serie started in 2007, with the demolition works ; emergency called for something positive, as the plant was erased, without any single effort of remembrance. Robert Horton recorded « Salts that have Lost Water » out of a field recording of a walk in the place while it was still wild. Then, the following contributors : Hands of Sand, L’Enfant-Méduse, have received either objects collected from the place, photographs taken there, traces of the strange Odomez ruin as ways to inspire them before recording. (Nothing Out There)
FR Objets et sons trouvés, souvenirs d’un bâtiment abandonné démoli depuis. Responsable par ailleurs d’un album plus que recommandable sur 3Leaves, Mark Peter Wright signe une bien jolie pièce aussi rêveuse que concrète.
ENG Found sounds, found objects, reinvented memories from an old abandonned and demolished building. Hands of Sand is Mark Peter Wright, and this is a gorgeous piece of dreamy musique concrète.