ARTIST: THOMAS STONE
TRACK: CONCURRENCE FROM EWER STREET
LOCATION: EWER STREET
Dating back to the 1700s, Ewer Street follows the arches parallel to Union Street, before turning north to meet Lavington Street.
Hidden along the street we find reminders of local history: an ancient burial ground, Bankside’s famous Clink Bollards, and a memorial to those killed in an air raid during the Blitz. Recently upgraded with a new square and on-street rain garden, a secret Bankside emerges on this stretch of the Low Line.
Thomas Stone is an electroacoustic composer and musician from London. His practice focuses on live performance, reconciling disparate influences such as his tinnitus, false memories, the physical effect of sound, Victorian séance, bass music and 20th century composition. Refined through presentation in various resonant spaces [from churches to a disused water tank, Cornish coastal caves to the hull of a ship], his compositions use contrabassoon and sampling devices as oscillators for his snare drum. Blurring the boundaries between acoustic and electronic sound sources, his post-classical / post-techno soundscapes use the relatively ugly means of long tones, dissonances and cyclic rhythms to reach moments of austere, fragile beauty.