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Surface Tension

by Surface Tension

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  • CD and Book (Second Edition)
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    52 page book of 120, 35mm and pinhole photographs and writing with CD of Surface Tension album.

    Perfect bound, printed on heavy, uncoated recycled paper. First edition (125 copies) | Second edition (100 copies).

    Book design by Tommy Perman. Pattern + Process Press PPP001

    "St John’s music is as interesting as the process which underpins it. It ebbs through passages of chamber piano and cello (reminiscent of post-classical ensemble, Rachel’s), analog kosmische and, at 18 minutes, eerily euphoric, Boards Of Canada-style techno."

    John Mulvey, UNCUT Magazine


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A 50/50 split of profits from the sales of the book, CD and downloads will be donated to the Thames21 charity.

For photographs, field notes and processes, please visit: www.surfacetension.org.uk


released April 10, 2015

Recorded by Rob St John and Pete Harvey

Mixed by Rob and mastered by Reuben Taylor

Rob played: guitars, tube organ, analogue synth, piano, sonifications and made field recordings with binaural mics, hydrophones and contact mics

Pete played: cello and piano


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Surface Tension London, UK

Project by Rob St John exploring landscape and pollution on River Lea, London through sound, writing and photography.

Commissioned by Thames 21's Love the Lea campaign.

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