David Tremlett
The Spring Recordings 1972

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David Tremlett born 1945
The Spring Recordings
Date 1972
Medium 81 cassette tapes with plastic cases and tape labels, glass shelf, metal brackets, cassette player, speakers and headphones
Dimensions Object: 381 x 6096 x 222 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Not on display

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During the late spring of 1972 David Tremlett travelled through all 81 counties of England, Scotland and Wales. In each county he made a recording lasting approximately fifteen minutes. With the exception of Greater London, each recording was made in quiet rural locations and is of whatever could be heard at that time (principally wind and bird song). Tremlett observed that ‘your field, or your hill, or your landscape is your studio’.

The Spring Recordings portrays a particular set of sounds as a sculptural linear intervention in space and as a geographical mapping of the national landscape in sound.

February 2010

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