The score itself has been digitally printed on Mohawk paper; the cover is printed letterpress at Nick's private press in North Yorkshire (Effra Press & Typefoundry). It's set in 16pt Village type, printed in two colours on 70 year old Barcham Green 210gsm mouldmade paper, and bound by hand.
The score measures 210 x 297mm; each copy is signed and numbered by Nick, the composer & printer, in a limited edition of only 72 copies.
All proceeds will be donated to Medecins sans Frontieres, and the price of the score has been suggested as a reasonable contribution to their outstanding work. If you can afford to give more, please do.
Copies are currently being bound, and should be ready to be shipped in the week of 17th August 2020.
Buying the score will also allow you to download the Plague Song recordings.
Includes unlimited streaming of Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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edition of 72
There is a magical healing tree in my back garden. I know this because shortly after we moved in there was a knock at the door and we were visited by a shaman from the Amazonian rainforest and a spiritual friend of his who lived locally. They had spotted our bamboo tree, a particular variety native to the rainforest and somehow… here things are a little hazy… discovered it to be more magical, more powerful than any other that they had encountered. As I understand it, the bamboo leaves are picked, dried out, and tied together in a large bunch to become the key instrument in the shaman’s healing ceremonies where they are shaken and swooshed to produce a rich shaker-like sound. We receive these visits from time to time when new leaves are required or the tree needs to be fed, and in return, a bottle of Malbec arrives mysteriously on the doorstep.
This Plague Song hopes to capture a little of the bamboo’s healing magic that the world so desperately needs right now. It is based on a field recording that I made while standing in a flower bed just after midnight. I wore microphones clipped to the sides of a baseball cap to capture something close to my own listening experience. With my phone in one hand displaying Nick’s score, I recorded my interpretation by performing with the plants around me, which are heard in duet with the bamboo moving in the wind, passing cars, and distant train whistles. Back in my tiny home studio, I did a little post-processing so that the very spatial and percussive impulses of leaves are made to trigger chords from my Juno-6 synthesizer.
from Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières),
released August 14, 2020
Nicole Robson is a composer, musician and researcher whose work explores site-specific performance, sound installations and community-focused, public art projects. As a classically trained cellist and multi-instrumentalist, she is an experienced performer and has played at concert halls and music festivals around the world, on television programmes such as Later... with Jools Holland and live for BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6 Music. Nicole currently plays synths and sings with Stats, who are signed to Memphis Industries.