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Thinking back 100 years to just before The Great War, to what was possibly the last time a European could see the world as large, new and bright.
The Great Expedition is meant to describe a journey that could have been taken by a young explorer just before the First World War. The soundscapes are meant to describe each phase of the imagined journey, from the preparations, to the journey itself and the eventual return. The first two tracks, First Steps and New Worlds show the eager movement towards. and completion of, a sea journey. The Great Expedition of 1912 attempts to describe the bulk of the journey, with the juxtaposition of the Persian santur, the Arabic rak, as well as more European styled horns and vocals. a true meeting of East and West. Post Expedition is a reflection on what happened to the traveller, particularly mentally and spiritually, with broadened horizons and a more understanding world view. Finally Home shows how difficult it is to return o a place after an absence — while the sub-title is All Is Changed, “all" in this case includes the traveller as well as the place left behind.
released 19 November 2013
Music © 2013 by Colin Mansfield, Lyrics © 2013 by Latha Sambamurti and Holly Nelson
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