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Via Aquilonis I: Utrecht

by Harrold Roeland

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this is the first chapter in a series of works built around field recordings made while traveling to Northern Norway. It's the opening piece of the journey, the prologue, a portrait of the city of Utrecht in the spring of 2019.

The work is effectively a sound world that constantly shifts and changes hue. Every single thing you hear was derived from field recordings, no synthesizers or other musical instruments used. You'll hear the Oudegracht, the inside of the Dom Church, a long, spun out rework of the Dom Tower church bells, industrial sounds recorded at the railway station and more. Opening and closing the main work is the sound the ensemble I sing bass in, Vlechtwerk, singing Josquin's masterpiece Tu Solus Qui Facis Mirabilia. They were the ones who gave that spring its colour. Thanks, guys.


released December 16, 2020

Composition, concept and sound design: Harrold Roeland

Contains a rehearsal recording of Vocaal Ensemble Vlechtwerk singing Tu Solus Qui Facis Mirabilia, an centuries old work by Josquin desPrez.

Vocaal Ensemble Vlechtwerk are:

Myrte Vos (alto)
Martijn Duiven (tenor)
Jelle van Aanholt (tenor)
Guido van Swieten (baritone)
Harrold Roeland (bass)

With much thanks to my patrons on Patreon, this album was conceived with their funding and good spirits.


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Harrold Roeland Utrecht, The Netherlands

Composer (BMus, MA), performer, field recordist, poet, radio host & sound designer.

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