Houghton House was the very first venue for my acoustic drumming experiments. I had had little practice and was nervous, but being such a peaceful location without much housing nearby, I felt it was perfect.
I began by doing a ‘drum circle’ around a static microphone in the middle of what would have been the great hall and dining area of the house. The sound carried beautifully, and worked well with the soundscape.
Above: drumming in the Great Hall.
I then decided to take a ‘drum walk’ around the ruins, pausing to it the drum in each remaining room. This was an exploration of expressing distance with sound, and also an attempt at mapping the space.