BEHIND THE SPIDERWEB GATE: Alison Cotton

Who I recently discovered via ALL IS QUIET AT THE ANCIENT THEATRE.

My music usually evolves from a story, often about a place I’ve visited, enhanced by the help of the imagination. The story will develop while I improvise and immerse myself deeper and deeper into the piece, using a kind of tone painting to express this. 

Behind the Spider Web Gates draws inspiration from a house I happened upon in rural southern France last year. An imposing, dramatic, tall dark Gothic house with mysterious, black spider web-shaped gates at the entrance to the grounds. 

It is indeed gothic and spiderwebbed – the attention to sonic detail is exquisite, as is its carefully constructed form. It’s a twenty-minute journey through imagined space, and towards the end I’m sure I can hear the gates creaking. Utterly transporting.

Improved my trashfire of a day no end.