Geoff Cox - Last Train

Though not initially intended, this piece is a kind of homage to the train; as a means of transport, I have always considered it superior to any other form of motorised travel and also found the whole sound world of the train so evocative and strangely allegorical.

All the sounds used were recorded either on Huddersfield station platform or on a round trip in the area .The opening immediately plunges one into the slightly surreal world of the station - a train is readying leave, then does so; these literal aspects are then subsumed and transformed before a sudden return to the station ambience. As the aftermath of a passing goods train begins to fade a kind ofscene change occurs, forming a coda, and for the first time one is really travelling.

Work
Last Train
Concert
Polyphony
Date
11/03/1999
Venue
St-Paul's Hall

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