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Four o’clock in a perfect world

A walkthrough across Venice’s iconic Rialto Bridge, through the market at the bottom of the bridge, and out into Campo San Giacomo di Rialto. In this quiet square just away from the hustle and bustle of one of Venice’s most popular tourist spots, all we can hear is the gentle trickle of a water fountain, and the bells chiming for 4pm.

An unusually contemplative and mellow end to a soundscape of what is often one of the most frantic and crowded destinations in Venice.

City version:

“This composition – like Marco Polo in Calvino’s Invisible Cities – is part of my ongoing series of pieces aiming to bring to life my own emotional reflections on the city of Venice through sound, approaching the sounds of the city like a canvas on which to splash sonic paint.

“My recollection of this specific field recording was standing in Campo San Giacomo di Rialto at 4pm, after an entire day of recording the sounds of Venice – my favourite urban space in the world for sound recording. The sun was warm and mellow, and the campo was unusually quiet and empty considering its proximity to the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s most popular and crowded tourist spots.

“The trickle of water from a small fountain cut through the air, and when the bells chimed the hour, I felt lucky to be alive, and fortunate to be spending time doing what I love in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This piece brings together strings, synths, brass and tape degradation effects in an attempt to encapsulate that feeling – along with the title, obviously inspired by DJ Shadow’s midnight.”

Memory version: