Commissions 4: Baron Taylor Street

Calamateur – Baron_Taylor_Street.mp3

(This track is the 4th from a new collection of songs entitled Commissions 2008-2009. The 1st one is here. The 2nd is here. The 3rd is here. I’ll be releasing more songs from it via this blog over the next few weeks.)



In my previous post in this Commissions series, I wrote about the Inverness Streetscape project, and in particular the work DUFI and I did with the pupils from Cauldeen Primary School.

As well as recording The Bad Weather Song with the school-children, I also recorded them reading out haikus which they had written based around the theme of water and weather. These were to be incorporated into a second song which DUFI asked me to write.



Here are a few of the haikus:

“An ocean of water splashes
Waves of curly spray foam
Cold and wet


“Twirling and gently falling
From the grey cloudy sky
White soft snowflakes”


“Tender sore heart
Pain-filled teardrop
Clearing sadness from your eye”


“Hard cold solid
on wintry paths and roads
slippy frozen wat
Courtney H.

This last haiku was sand-blasted into Baron Taylor Street itself, as you can see here, and in the picture at the top of this post.


After I recorded the children reading their haikus at the school, I then drove to Baron Taylor Street itself and recorded several minutes worth of outdoor/ambient noise. Both of these recordings provided the basis of the song.

After adding drum loops, several synth sounds, piano, feedback and a sample of a sound-effect from my 3-year old son’s toy garage (!) and then pulling it all together in ProTools, I then came across these verses in Psalm 147:

He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.

He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?

He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

These are beautifully evocative verses, and when I read them I thought of the song I was working on straight away. The melody came to me instantly as well – hard to take credit for it really.

I’m really happy with the way the song has turned out, and thankfully so were DUFI.

I hope you like it….more on the way soon.

(Photos by Fin Macrae)

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3 Responses to Commissions 4: Baron Taylor Street

  1. Dan says:

    Ooh I like it! Love what you’ve done with the kid’s voices, and the melody is absolutely stunning- gave me shivers!!

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