Nye Parry

contemporary sound and music

Living Steam


Living Steam was commissioned in 1998 by Sonic Arts Network as a site-specific installation for the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. The museum is housed in a former pumping station by the Thames and features the world’s largest collection of working Cornish beam engines including the enormous 100 inch Grand Junction engine. The piece took the form of an eight channel composition in which the live sounds of the engines were juxtaposed and combined with transormed recordings creating a kind of concerto for beam engines and electronic sound.
I have put a complete stereo mix of the tape in the player to give an impression (but you really had to be there!)

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