Review | By Guillermo Escudero / Loop
Michael Lightborne | Ring Road Ring
This LP belongs to the field recordings and soundscapes series of German Gruenrekorder imprint. Michael Lightborne is a sound artist from Coventry, England and academic based in Birmingham, UK, and Cork, Ireland. Ring Road in Coventry, England is a ring road which forms a complete dual carriageway circuit around the city center. It was intended to be an urban solution to privilege pedestrians, but it ended up hindering traffic in the city center and harmed pedestrians. Lightborne put contact microphones on the piles at various points on the ring road and to the artist’s surprise, these sounds sounded melancholic. „Fortran“ that opens this album displays penetrating and hypnotic rhythmic pulsations. []