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Gateshead Multi​-​storey Car Park

by Langham Research Centre

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Veitchy Really pleased I stumbled across this today. Fascinating bit of experimental audio art and an instant purchase.
I went on a guided tour of the top floors of Trinity Square on the final weekend it was open to the public in 2007/08. Was a bizarre but enjoyable day. Still miss the place in a weird way, everyone local had their own opinion on how it could have been transformed into something good. Plenty of great photos out there too.
Long live Brutalist architecture & thanks to the artists! Favorite track: Gateshead Multi-storey Car Park.
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Kniteivest Having worked in construction and built carparks around the UK this brings with it what I had in my mind to help me drift away from the cold, wet, rainy days into a creative world. Industrial, poetic.
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"Founded in 2003, Langham Research Centre is an English quartet aiming to make electronic music using ideas and tools “considered obsolete, redundant and outdated”. In that sense, the multi-storey car park that stood at Trinity Square from 1967 until its demolition in 2010 (perhaps best known as a key piece of architecture in the movie Get Carter) is a thoroughly apt subject. The group assemble an 18-minute slab of musique concrète using only interviews and sounds from the car park all processed and treated on quarter-inch tape. It was first broadcast back in 2005 on Radio 3, five full years before the huge (and decaying) brutalist monolith’s demolition; post-demolition the piece takes on a fresh new life as a portrait of obsolescence.

Atop the murky collage of metallic echoes and cold stone atmospheres processed into an evocative backing track, the interviews with architect Owen Luder and others mostly portray the concrete behemoth in a positive light, musing on its role in Get Carter, praising the awe-inspiring views over Newcastle and on to Durham you got from on top, celebrating its place in the local community. In the final moments of the piece though, a flurry of negative voices spill on to the tape, decrying the hideous grey beast. Side B houses an ‘instrumental’ version of the piece, free of any interviews and focusing solely on the processed car park sounds, and it’s far more sonically interesting than it has any right to be. Obsolete methods in musique concrète don’t get much more appropriately deployed than this: capturing the spirit of an obsolete piece of concrete." – Tristan Bath (The Quietus)


released October 15, 2018

Langham Reseach Centre are:
Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney & Robert Worby


Artwork: Ramco_org
Photos: Iain Lynn


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