The Sky's Harbour EP (2014)
Written & Produced by David Paul Jones
The Sky's Harbour is a series of four tone-poems inspired by the metaphor of flight and the history of aviation.
The Moon Over Monkton Meadow takes its title from the first landing strip and airfield established by the Number 2 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps in July 1913 at Monkton Meadow, Ayrshire. My initial inspiration for the opening track was sparked by the fact that the Atlantic fog somehow leaves an opening in the sky above Prestwick, so I set about to create sonic imagery depicting a gradual sense of unfolding towards a climatic reveal, celebrating and symbolising the union of the earth and the sky.
Westland Wings takes its title from the Westland Wallace aircraft flown by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton and David Fowler McIntyre on the first ever flight over Everest in April 1933. This track is the most dramatic of the four and is led by sampled instruments of Nepal and Tibet - the Sitar and the Erhu.
Hadrian Surfs The Stars is a slow meditation depicting the Waco Hadrian Glider crossing in 1943 from Montreal to Labrador via Greenland, Iceland and eventually to Prestwick, remaining airborne for 28 hours. Central to this track is a clarinet loop which slowly turns while instances of strings gradually unfold to create an atmospheric journey suggestive of space travel.
Finally, The Footless Halls Of Air is a setting of the John Gillespie Magee poem, High Flight. The recording features my vocals against a backdrop of strings and digital ambiences and recalls the Chinese/Tibetan Erhu from Westland Wings - as homage to the poet's birthplace of Shanghai, China.
Commissioned by the Prestwick World Festival Of Flight 2013 with funding by Creative Scotland, BAE Systems and South Ayrshire Council.