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Audio Cartographic Experiments

This is the new work by Liverpool based artist Kit Monteith. Recorded entirely on an iPhone 6s, the album is designed to be listened to in a single sitting, it’s 23 tracks blending continuously to unfurl the story of a unique journey around the world.

Monteith performs as a percussionist with the band Foals and he composed and recorded this album during their 2019 world tour. In each of the cities the band performed he would make field recordings of the spaces and streets they visited, whilst on each flight composing musical pieces on his phone.

When ordered together these two elements conspire to form an audio-cartographic record of an extraordinary journey. A world tour with one of the biggest modern bands, sonically reimagined to capture and explain its strange blur of sensations; the aches, pains, exhilaration and loneliness of endless travel along with the glimmers of truth & euphoria found hidden amongst it all.

Listen to the album above, and explore the sound map below to listen to the full individual field recordings upon which the album is based and experience the journey yourself.Get the digital download of the album here.

Cities and Memory x Kit Monteith

“The original inspiration to start making field recordings at all during the tour was in the hope of contributing to the Cities and Memory global sound map. That was my aim at the beginning and it was only later that I realised I had built a collection of ‘flight songs’ alongside the field recordings and so could form the resulting concept for the album.”

“Therefore, I’d like to say a big thank you to Stuart and the Cities & Memory project for giving me that original inspiration. The Cities & Memory website is developing into an ever more fascinating, ambitious and beautiful project and I’m very pleased that my album formed its roots in such a vital endeavour.” – Kit Monteith

Buy the digital version of the album here

All tracks composed and recorded By Kit Monteith

Produced by Kit Monteith

All tracks & field recordings made on an iPhone 6s

Additional modular synths on tracks 3, 9, 13, 15 & 21 performed by Jeremy Moors

Tracks 11 & 23 reimagined for piano and performed by Nico Casal