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‘Loved & Lost’ is a heartfelt tribute to the beauty of our natural world and a poignant reflection on its fragility and potential degradation.'

An Original 3 Track EP composed by Peter Hall x Biophonica

with Art and Films by Philip Clemo

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Cutting his musical teeth in Bristol’s underground clubs during the late 90s/early 00s, Peter honed his turntablist DJ skills under the name Parker. After a few years of supporting a long list of hip hop luminaries such as Public Enemy, The Beatnuts and Grandmaster Flash, he soon turned his hand to production gaining “lofty comparisons to the marvellous RJD2″. The driving soul and deep bass of his debut album To Eternity was described by DJ Magazine as having thrown “stylistic doors wide open with deliciously pleasing results.”

After the blissed out beats of Parker’s early productions he started experimenting with bass music. Many of his dubstep remixes topped the Hype Machine Chart in the mid 2000s and in particular his remix of Bjork’s classic Venus as a Boy ended up being chosen by Massive Attack for their Blue Lines anniversary Radio 1 Mix.

As a DJ Peter gained a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile cross-genre selectors, thanks in part to his mixtapes gaining heavy rotation on Ninja Tunes’ Solid Steel radio. Voted Bristol’s best DJ in 2010, he ended up performing on stages at Glastonbury, Shambhala (Canada), Big Chill and Bestival, as well as various club hot spots across the globe.

In 2012 Peter shifted lanes and focussed on a new project; Neuropol. Here he combined lush synths, deep basslines and richly textured atmospherics with inventive, fresh rhythms that fused elements of hip hop, drum and bass, and footwork. With releases on Shogun Audio and Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge he soon garnered airplay on Radio 1 and 6 Music, and gained support from tastemakers Sub Focus, Ivy Lab, and SPY. Labelled as “standing firm as a bastion of future-thinking UK music” by Radio 1’s Friction, his cinematic widescreen production was described as “oozing class & emotion”.

Peter’s music has regularly been used for TV, film and advertising throughout his career, and this has now become his primary creative focus. He was the commissioned composer of the BBC’s ‘Our Wild Adventures’ theme in 2021, and he has gained feature credits for the likes of Universal Pictures, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Apple, EA Sports and Playstation. Peter also hosts a 2 hour radio show called Widescreen on SWUFM/RinseFM, which explores his life’s passion for emotive sounds, and covers everything from modern classical and film scores to orchestral inspired beats.

Peter Hall - Composer - BIOGRAPHY

TRACK 1 - OCEAN

I don't think it's an over exaggeration to say that I feel that the ocean has saved my life on a number of occasions.

Through some of my hardest times when I've struggled the most I have been drawn to the sea and surfing its swell. It leveled me out during those times, and calmed my mind and brought me back to myself so that I could see what was good and positive at a time when I felt there was very little. Just catching a glimpse of the ocean excites me and completely changes how I feel. Once I'm in front of it the smell reaches me and my body relaxes further. Once inside I go fully under and as the water surrounds every part of me I feel baptized by nature. Whatever I was carrying falls away, I feel reborn in that moment and spiritually connected with nature. I love how it is both graceful and fierce at the same time, and I love that I can experience both sides of it whilst being part of it. Even if that means being completely turned inside out by a breaking wave that catches me in its washing machine cycle. Once that uncomfortable cycle is over, I rise to the surface and can breathe again. That process taught me a valuable lesson, as it acted as a metaphor for life, you go through extremely uncomfortable feelings and situations and you may feel like you're running out of air, but you will always rise to the surface and be ok. 

 

- Peter Hall
 

COMING SOON -  AUGUST 7TH 2024

NATURE SOUNDS

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Philip Clemo is a UK-based artist working in film, composition, sound-design and live performance. His work has been shown around the world, including at international film festivals and the V&A Museum and Eden Project in the UK.

Clemo explores perception, abstraction and where the boundaries of familiarity begin to break down. He uses cutting-edge and novel technologies to capture imagery on scales from galaxies in petri-dishes & extreme close-up motion-control journeys over human forms to gyro-stabilised helicopter imagery of Icelandic geothermal fields.

He has released 6 critically acclaimed albums, working with a diverse group of musicians and creating complex soundworlds that explore form, improvisation, ambience, electronica and orchestration. His 7th album will be
released in late 2024. Clemo performs internationally with his Dream Maps multi-media project with live band and mesmeric and interactive imagery.

Clemo’s multi-sensory Breath Project, which he has presented in TEDx & TED talks in the UK & USA, explores our relationship with the diverse environments we inhabit. Breath, which has attracted the support of 5 UK universities and media industry leaders including Vision Research & Arri, captures extraordinary visual and sonic perspectives from the world all around us.

His current projects include From Silence Into Song with the charity Shout at Cancer, exploring the destructive & healing legacies of radiation. It honours the trees that survived the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombs and a choir of cancer survivors who learnt to sing after the removal of their voiceboxes. This collaboration has already manifested in live performances in the UK & internationally and will continue into galleries in 2024/25.

Philip Clemo - Art + Film - BIOGRAPHY

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The first track on ‘Loved + Lost’ is a masterful composition that captures the enchanting beauty and profound vulnerability of the ocean.  Interwoven with beauty and majesty are poignant undertones that reflect the ocean's fragility in the face of environmental threats.

With the Ocean track, we start with the calming sense of the waves.. and then we head further out to sea.  We start to hear the sound of the gulls and then we go further still until we reach the deep ocean and hear the sounds of dolphins and whales.  We then hear the darker side with the dolphin slaughter. Sounds that Martyn recorded in Taiji, Japan.  It is beauty and pain. Love, loss…and grief.

The first track on ‘Loved + Lost’ is a masterful composition that captures the enchanting beauty and profound vulnerability of the ocean.  Interwoven with beauty and majesty are poignant undertones that reflect the ocean's fragility in the face of environmental threats.

With the Ocean track, we start with the calming sense of the waves.. and then we head further out to sea.  We start to hear the sound of the gulls and then we go further still until we reach the deep ocean and hear the sounds of dolphins and whales.  We then hear the darker side with the dolphin slaughter. Sounds that Martyn recorded in Taiji, Japan.  It is beauty and pain. Love, loss…and grief.

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"It is a profound honour to be part of the Biophonica project, collaborating with an extraordinary group of individuals, including the hugely inspirational sound-recordist Martyn Stewart. Martyn's invaluable archive of recordings from diverse natural environments serves as a critical wake-up call for humanity. These are voices we have ignored and silenced for far too long, driven by our relentless exploitation of the natural world. Many of Martyn's recordings capture species now in steep decline or tragically lost forever. Biophonica is bringing their calls to the forefront, finally giving Nature the expansive platform it deserves. We must set aside our assumptions and prejudices and take the time to truly listen."

PHILIP CLEMO

Peter Hall partnered with artist and film maker Philip Clemo, and The Listening Planet’s creative imprint ‘Biophonica’ with world-renowned nature sound recordist and ecologist, Martyn Stewart, to create a unique and original work ‘Loved + Lost’

‘Loved and Lost’ is a heartfelt tribute to the beauty of our natural world and a poignant reflection on its fragility and potential degradation. Each track is a narrative, echoing the intricate connections within ecosystems, the delicate balance that sustains them plus a subtle, yet powerful commentary on the looming threats of environmental degradation and climate change.

This album is ultimately a love letter, but one that also expresses profound grief.  Nature is our greatest healer, and she urgently needs our love to be restored to health. 

Tracks Ocean. Forest.  Arctic

Martyn Stewart, is regarded as the “David Attenbourough of sound”  - BBC + National Geographic.

For over 58 years, Martyn has travelled the world, microphone and recorder in hand.  He was driven by one single mission, to give nature a voice and to inspire in us a greater desire to both connect and safeguard our natural world.

 

In his lifetime, Martyn has built one of the most important and also largest personal living libraries of nature sounds in the world with more than 37 thousand hours and almost 100 thousands stems from over 60 countries.  His work has been featured in hundreds of documentaries, films, live experiences and, more recently, in albums, music and animation.

 

Since he began his work, 75 per cent of the landscapes and soundscapes that he’s recorded have vanished, been silenced or suffered significant degradation.  3 years ago, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and co-created The Listening Planet Foundation with his niece, Amanda Hill, in order for him to donate his life’s work for good and to do good – to tell stories through nature sound and to inspire the next generation of sound recordists, conservationists, stewards, artists and passionate advocates of the natural world.  

Martyn Stewart - Sound recordist + ecologist - BIOGRAPHY

"I have spent my lifetime trying to record the natural world one sound at a time, aiming to give a voice to what, for a long time, has felt voiceless.  Sound can also echo a disappearing world, a sonic landscape undergoing an extinction event of its own – one that is, with painful irony, happening silently.  This project is important.  We wanted create a love letter to Nature, but to also express hurt and pain.  This is the result  Together, we are able reach a completely new audience with a deeply important message and to put music at the heart of a global conversation about nature conservation and restoration."

COMPOSER - PETER HALL

As an artist deeply inspired by the natural world, I felt compelled to create something that not only celebrates its splendor but also underscores the pressing issues it faces.  

My goal is to create more than just an album; it's an auditory testament to the profound connection between humanity and nature, and a reminder of our collective responsibility to safeguard it for future generations.

The project is also also about love, loss and grief.  I've experienced a lot of that in my life, so has everyone. It’s a very human experience. But, it’s also how I feel about what’s going on in the natural world.  We've spent hundreds and hundreds of years ‘othering it’, making it so disconnected from ourselves that we can abuse it, because if we truly understood how nature is actually also ‘us’ and how interconnected we are, we wouldn't be able to abuse it in the way that we do.  Denial is a brilliant coping mechanism that's hardwired into how we often operate to survive.   But, I just want to tell the truth.

I feel a sadness… something I love is hurting and grief is just the other side of that love. I don't want to pretend that everything's alright.  

Nature was always there.  We didn't have to do anything. We just had to respect it.  In putting together this project, I wanted to build a narrative, to tell that story of love and loss from start to finish. 

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