Publishers: platform projects, morning star


siren | Alec Finlay and Chris Watson

GrD 01 | CD + booklet > [Sold Out]

a new bookscape


Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you

Here I am, here I am, waiting to enfold you


siren is a new collaboration between Alec Finlay and Chris Watson – a field recording of a sung performance by Clive Powell and Maria Jardardottir, performed in a Northern harbour. For siren the singers were invited to reprise a line from Tim Buckley’s ‘Song to the Siren’ and extend it into a litany. Chris Watson is a leading nature recordist, recognised internationally for his innovative sound art. For siren he has composed an intense poetic field of sound. ‚The swelling flow of a high tide that morning against the stonework of the pier masks each of the opening lines and draws the listener to an individual voice in a sea of sound. (Chris Watson)


‚The singers are separate, alone on their pier. Emotionally siren was always concerned with aloneness and a quality of drowning; drowning in desire or a desirable sensation of immersion, womblike. The amniotic quality is located in repetition, as the singers slow their performance down, descend into the breath, into the body; as they sing to someone, sing within themselves, sing the absence.‘ (Alec Finlay)


siren is the fourth in a series of bookscapes – an innovative series of publications created by Alec Finlay and platform projects, exploring extended experiences of reading.


siren | cutting:



1 Track (14’26")


Artist: Alec Finlay

Sound composition: Chris Watson

Featuring: Maria Jardardottir and Clive Powell

Publishers: platform projects, morning star

Format: 12 pages, pb CD, colour

ISBN: 09546831-8-8

Release Date: March 10th 2006


Alec Finlay is an artist, poet and publisher. He lives and works in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Alec is currently Visiting-Artist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Recent books include Shared Writing, Ludwig Wittgenstein: There Where You Are Not and Wind Blown Clouds. bookscapes was preceded by pocketbooks (2000-02) and small press series (2002-05).


Chris Watson is a sound recordist with a passionate interest in wildlife and atmospheres. He was a founder member of Cabaret Voltaire and a member of the Hafler Trio. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio, Chris specialises in natural history and documentary locations. He is represented by Touch and has released three solo CDs; Outside The Circle of Fire (1998), Stepping into The Dark (1996), and Weather Report (2003) and his latest release Number One (2005) was with KK.NULL and z’ev. For further information


bookscapes is published by platform projects (formally pocketbooks) – a creative organisation based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne that produces innovative and collaborative visual arts and literature projects. With new publications encompassing public art, sound recordings and digital animation platform projects encourages a generative approach to all art forms.


Further details contact platform projects:

+44 (0) 191 265 6699


Gruenrekorder / Germany / 2006 / GrD 01 / LC 09488