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Sounds from a Siberian train station

Zima, Russia – today we’re on the platform of a Siberian train station, listening to the hissing of train brakes, the cries of passing train horns and the distant Russian departure announcements, as recorded by Mark Wilden.

Oxford-based musician Richard Watts recomposed this recording, adding relentless rhythm and a cold, granular synthesis to create something from the original piece that sounds like the lost score to a John Carpenter theme – Escape from Siberia, anyone?

Richard writes: “It’s made up of samples of voices and the train sounds.

“The idea was to have a relentless rhythm based on the train noise samples, invoking the long journey to get there, and then have melodies that give the impression of emptiness and the coldness of Siberia.”

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