Bryars - Through the Night (Conventa del Carmen) | GB Records BCGBCD31

Bryars - Through the Night (Conventa del Carmen)


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Label: GB Records

Cat No: BCGBCD31

Barcode: 5052442023661

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th September 2023



Roger Heaton (bass clarinet)
Gavin Bryars (double bass)


Bryars, Gavin

Through the Night (Conventa del Carmen)


Roger Heaton (bass clarinet)
Gavin Bryars (double bass)


This recording involves Roger Heaton and Gavin Bryars, on bass clarinet and double bass respectively, playing long, slow music through the night - extended versions of laude - from midnight to 4:30am, in specific locations within the Conventa del Carmen, a disused religious building in Valencia.

The recording was by Chris Ekers, using a 'dummy head' microphone system and is best listened to on headphones to give the experience of 360-degree sound. In most of these pieces they were placed on opposite sides of a long rectangular space - facing each other or playing into alcoves in the walls, thereby generating reflected sounds. Others were made in a large space, a former refectory.

This way of recording very late at night is similar to what they did for Gavin Bryars's installation in the Chateau d'Oiron, A Listening Room (Chambre d'écoute).

This can still be heard in a special room in the chateau, and the recording is available on GB Records (BCGDCD08).

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