Museum Rooms 1 - The British Museum

by Son Clair



Anyone who has stood in museums and galleries for long hours at work, as well as for pleasure, will know that these places are far more than just about the art in the frame, or the statue upon the pedestal. Spaces themselves take on a certain aura that reflects onto the exhibits they house, and sound is a vital part of this - for better or for worse.

To my ear, there is little in the world more sumptuous and delicate - even romantic and mysterious - than the singular sound of footsteps crossing a large gallery room from side to side like some character from a Bertolucci film, and perhaps nothing more frustrating than seeking quiet contemplation with an object only to be deluged with the rioting sonics of a large class of bored and noisy school children or ‘see it all’ tourists with audio guides strapped to their heads, selfie-sticks working overtime, never stopping to see one work in the impossible quest to see them all! Such is life. And such are museums.

This recording from the British Museum on an ordinary day in March, 2016, is the first of what I hope will be a series set in museums that show their sonics, their reverberations, and of course, their visitors.


released March 18, 2016

Photography and Recording by Thom Carter. Copyright Self Released Records 2016. All Rights Reserved.



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Son Clair ('Clear Sound') is the ongoing field-recording/environmental sound project of artist and musician Thom Carter.

Inspired by the immediate, everyday and extraordinary noises that are all around us, each album of recordings centers around a particular location or place and presents the audio from it as a site-specific sonic portrait.
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