She Moved Through the Fair

by Radio Landscape

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I wanted to work with an existing ballad. While perusing the sound recordings at the Association for Cultural Equity, I came upon two similar test recordings that Alan Lomax made in Ireland of Robin Roberts singing ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. I first rendered a composite of the two recordings creating what is essentially a duet between Robin and herself. This features as the literal center of the piece. I used this new file to create a sort of contrapuntal fog by stretching it to three and nine times its original length and looping the 3x file to run over the 9x file. I also generated a drone based on the dominant frequencies of the original 1x composite which may be heard throughout. I then modulated the composite using the drone as the carrier. The final element was created by treating the composite using a high-pass filter and an extreme reverb scheme that gradually reverses orientation over the duration of the piece. In the loops that run in 1x then, all speech distinctions are essentially obliterated leaving only the spectral rippling of a few dominant frequencies and a scattering of voiceless consonants...

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My young love said to me,
My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kine.
And she stepped away from me
And this she did say:
It will not be long, Love,
‘Til our wedding day.

She stepped away from me
And she walked through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there.
And then she went homeward,
With one star awake,
As the swan at the evening
Moves over the lake.

People were saying,
That no two were wed
But one had a sorrow
That never was said.
And she smiled as she passed me
With her goods and her gear,
And that was the last time
I saw my dear.

Last night she came to me,
She came softly in.
So softly she came
That her feet made no din.
And she laid her hand on me,
And this she did say:
It will not be long, love,
'Til our wedding day.

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released August 29, 2012

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Radio Landscape

I live in Milwaukee, WI with my wife and our four children. The creation of music has long been an avocational pursuit of mine. The body of work that I offer under the moniker of Radio Landscape has obvious antecedents in American minimalism specifically and electronic music in general.

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