Time To Think


Not sure how I’ve missed news of this up until now however now that I’ve found out about it I thought it only fair to share.

The National Trust have teamed up with Jarvis Cocker to produce an album which he claims will be a “holiday for the ears”, showcasing the tranquil sonic landscape from some of Britain’s finest buildings and their natural settings.

Apparently Jarvis spent three months researching and recording, Time To Think,  at some of the National Trusts’ properties (including Blickling Hall above) – which sounds like terrifically hard work eh ?

He stated that “I hope it has the feel of one continuous journey and conjures up an image in the mind’s eye of the places featured. I also hope it could inspire the listeners to then visit the sites for themselves.”

The album (which is well worth a listen) is available for download here until end of June 2010, or you can hear each of the tracks in turn by following the links below :

01 | Belton House – Walking on gravel + birds
02 | Belton House – Birdsong
03 | Brownsea Island – Waves lapping along the shore
04 | Ham House – Footsteps through the house
05 | Chartwell – Creaking staircase
06 | Upton House – The billiards room
07 | Lanhydrock – Old music box
08 | Quarry Bank Mill – Murmurs of children in school house
09 | Fountains Abbey – Birds in water garden
10 | Powis Castle – Gardening
11 | Patterson’s Spade Mill – Strap press
12 | Blickling Hall – Clocks ticking and chiming
13 | Blickling Hall – Clocktower

2 Responses to “Time To Think”

  1. 1 Cathy

    This is fabulous! And Belton House too, a favourite of mine to boot (and the atmosphere captured goes very well with it’s tone as a “happening kind of a place” as put by Helen Creswell).

    A great find, although why Jarvis Cocker I’m not sure as really anyone could have produced it. Lovely, though.

  2. 2 danielweiresq

    You’re right it is good and yes I was a bit bemused by the use of Jarvis Cocker – I mean I think he’s a personable and talented young man but there’s not much of him apparent in there is there ? Perhaps they’re trying to attract a different audience – which is fair enough but strange . . .

    DW x

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