light in a dark field

‘when i heard the learn’d astronomer
when the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me
when i was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them
when i sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room
how soon unaccountable i became tired and sick
till rising and gliding out i wander’d off by myself
in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time
look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.’
(walt whitman – when i heard the learn’d astronomer – leaves of grass, brooklyn, new york, 1855)

last light shoreham (december 2017)

details

score: moon score, light in a dark field.  employing the phases of the moon for the 76 years of samuel palmer’s life.
birth: 5am (approx), january 27th 1805, walworth, london
death: may 24th 1881, redhill, surrey
number of phases: 28 (as per – a vision, the phases of the moon, 1938 w.b.yeats – reissue with the authors final revisions, macmillan, 1961)
key: a minor
time signature: 4/4
tempo: 76 bpm
duration: 77 segments of 4 bars = 308 bars = 16 mins 12 secs
root note phases: no moon, A 440 hz – half moons, A 220 and 880 hz – full moon, A 1760 hz
bass drone: A 110.00 hz
field recording: night woods around shoreham, kent
instrumentation: piano, harmonium, melodica, bells, processing
landscapes: (500mm x 350mm giclee) digital montage – night exposure, ink, ash, chalk, scrafito and graphic elements.

fragment 2.1 – night thoughts

landscape is not
simply entangled
with our memory
it courses sensually
through our veins
the natural red oxide
earth of our blood
instinctually reaching through
the roll of the field
or the edge of the sky
through this uncanny
immediacy of place

the flint flakes
and cores have been washed
slowly from their darkness
the countless rains
and the creeping
of quiet soils
exposing a neolithic
vernacular litter
that makes no mark
delivers no disturbance
to our natural world

it seems to me
that our landscapes
can beckon us
open their narrative
deeply within us
we can sense the earth
grain by grain
as it changes ground
this familiar ground
on which we live
the place of our spirit

the day’s obscuring
veil of blue is fading
and now the stars
begin at last to appear
nightfall will reveal
a deepening curve
and i will gather
the last vestiges
of this fading light
in one last image

shoreham landscape #1

shoreham landscape #2

shoreham landscape #3

phase intervals
moon number – date/min:sec of shoreham moonrise/note/pitch in hertz

00 – 27/01/1805/05:54/B/493.88
01 – 27/01/1806/10:03/A/220.00
02 – 27/01/1807/21:54/F/1396.9
03 – 27/01/1808/07:11/A/440.00
04 – 27/01/1809/ 13:08/C/130.81
05 – 27/01/1810/no rise/B/987.77
06 – 27/01/1811/09:02/G/392.00
07 – 27/01/1812/16:00/B/123.47
08 – 27/01/1813/03:19/D/587.33
09 – 27/01/1814/10:35/C/261.63
10 – 27/01/1815/19:33/G/1568.0
11 – 27/01/1816/06:56/C/523.25
12 – 27/01/1817/11:38/E/164.81
13 – 27/01/1818/22:52/E/1318.5
14 – 27/01/1819/09:05/A/440.00
15 – 27/01/1820/13:21/C/130.81
16 – 7/01/1821/02:06/G/783.99
17 – 27/01/1822/09:18/E/329.63
18 – 27/01/1823/18:01/G/1568.0
19 – 27/01/1824/21:14/C/523.25
20 – 27/01/1825/10:17/G/196.00
21 – 27/01/1826/21:42/F/1396.9
22 – 27/01/1827/07:17/A/440.00
23 – 27/01/1828/13:02/C/130.81
24 – 27/01/1829/no rise/A/880.00
25 – 27/01/1830/09:03/G/392.00
26 – 27/01/1831/16:17/B/123.47
27 – 27/01/1832/03:10/E/659.26
28 – 27/01/1833/10:39/C/261.63
29 – 27/01/1834/19:29/G/1568.0
30 – 27/01/1835/08:02/B/493.88
31 – 27/01/1836/11:32/G/196.00
32 – 27/01/1837/22:59/E/1318.5
33 – 27/01/1838/09:01/A/440.00
34 – 27/01/1839/13:46/B/123.47
35 – 27/01/1840/01:58/A/880.00
36 – 27/01/1841/09:13/D/293.67
37 – 27/01/1842/18:06/G/1568.0
38 – 27/01/1843/05:53/B/493.88
39 – 27/01/1844/10:16/A/220.00
40 – 27/01/1845/21:37/F/1396.9
41 – 27/01/1846/07:17/A/440.00
42 – 27/01/1847/13:30/C/130.81
43 – 27/01/1848/no rise/B/987.77
44 – 27/01/1849/00:05/G/392.00
45 – 27/01/1850/16:18/A/1760.0
46 – 27/01/1851/03:49/E/659.26
47 – 27/01/1852/10:35/C/261.63
48 – 27/01/1853/19:24/F/1396.9
49 – 27/01/1854/07:21/B/493.88
50 – 27/01/1855/11:43/D/146.83
51 – 27/01/1856/22:31/E/1318.5
52 – 27/01/1857/08:57/A/440.00
53 – 27/01/1858/13:53/C/130.81
54 – 27/01/1859/02:55/F/698.46
55 – 27/01/1860/09:04/E/329.63
56 – 27/01/1861/18:06/G/1568.0
57 – 27/01/1862/08:48/B/493.88
58 – 27/01/1863/10:43/A/220.00
59 – 27/01/1864/20:54/F/1396.9
60 – 27/01/1865/07:16/A/440.00
61 – 27/01/1866/13:38/C/130.81
62 – 27/01/1867/00:17/A/880.00
63 – 27/01/1868/08:52/G/392.00
64 – 27/01/1869/16:14/G/1568.00
65 – 27/01/1870/04:00/D/587.33
66 – 27/01/1871/no rise/B/246.94
67 – 27/01/1872/18:27/G/1568.0
68 – 27/01/1873/07:23/B/493.880
69 – 27/01/1874/11:45/D/146.83
70 – 27/01/1875/23:33/D/1174.7
71 – 27/01/1876/08:40/A/440.00
72 – 27/01/1877/13:51/B/123.47
73 – 27/01/1878/03:21/G/783.99
74 – 27/01/1879/09:13/E/329.63
75 – 27/01/1880/17:04/A/1760.0
76 – 27/01/1881/05:38/B/493.88