'Quarry Bank' explores the history of Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, UK, one of the largest and most important British Industrial Revolution cotton mills. Founded in the late 1700′s, it was a working mill for well over 150 years, and has now been rehabilitated and refurbished, and is again a functioning mill, managed by the UK National Trust.
For this project, site-specific recordings of the machinery and environs were blended with electronically treated acoustic instruments – acoustic and classical guitars, zither, music boxes, chime bars, chord organ, violin, analogue synthesizer and effects pedals. The resulting audio is a homage of sorts to the mill, to the people who worked there (the majority of whom were unpaid and indentured child labourers), and to the regions around.
Released by Time Released Sound on digipak CDR and booklet in cloth bag, in a numbered edition of 100.
released November 26, 2011
Written and produced by Wil Bolton, July-August 2011, using acoustic guitar, classical guitar, zither, music boxes, chime bars, chord organ, violin, analogue synthesizer, effects pedals, laptop, and field recordings made at Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK.
Design by Colin Herrick