Ep 98: Elements 12 – Place. Richard Larsen talks to Pip Adam about the first Glass Vaults’ album ‘Glass’

In this bonus ‘Place’ episode of Elements, I talk to Richard Larsen about the first Glass Vaults album ‘Glass’ as a way to talk about place and music in place.

Some of the things we talk about are:

We talk a lot about one of Richard’s projects Glass Vaults. Glass Vaults are Richard Larsen, Bevan Smith, Rowan Pierce + friends.

Bevan makes music as Aspen, Introverted Dancefloor and Signer. Signer has been releasing editions of his Isolated Dreams series of EPs onto Bandcamp at an impressively steady clip, since kicking off the low key project in October 2020. You can listen to Signer’s ‘Isolated Dreams EP07’ here: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/18545/Listen-To-Signers-Isolated-Dreams-EP07.utr

Rowan Pierce is multi award winning artist who produces and exhibits work, collaboratively and individually, across a range of mediums including live performance, music, film and installation. You can see Rowan’s work in Te Mauri o Pōhutu a new series of collaborative installation and time-based artworks by Bianca Hyslop, Rowan Pierce and Tūī Matira Ranapiri Ransfield. https://toiponeke.nz/events/2021temauriopohutu

Glass Vaults is on Bandcamp and you can listen and buy their music here: https://glassvaults.bandcamp.com/

Richard also makes work as Richard Dada which is also on Bandcamp: https://dadada.bandcamp.com/

Richard mentions David Byrne talking about how architecture helped music evolve. Here is a TED talk David Byrne gave about this topic: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_byrne_how_architecture_helped_music_evolve/transcript

Toward the end we talk about the Glass Vaults’ song ‘Sojourn’. You can watch the video Richard talks about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4f95qIzBvE

You can see Glass Vaults performing live on RNZ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptTEY248pE0

Exercise:

Can you write something that takes place in more than one physical space at the same time. You could even search for a place that shares one of the name of the place you are writing this in. Maybe the place you are writing in has a nickname – could you make up an imaginary place which is a literal manifestation of this nickname. Thinking of: Hamiltron, Swamp Town, The City of Sails, Gizzy, The City of the Future.

Thank you Copyright Licensing New Zealand for funding the Elements series.

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