Moon Over Monkton Meadow
for piano & soundscape
2013 (Remastered 2020)
Written & Produced by David Paul Jones
Moon Over Monkton Meadow is the opening track from The Sky's Harbour EP — four tone-poems inspired by the metaphor of flight and aviation history.
The piece takes its title from the first landing strip and airfield in Scotland in 1913, at Monkton Meadows, Ayrshire — where Glasgow Prestwick Airport is now situated and close to where I grew up.
Monkton Meadows was an ideal location for a runway, due to the Atlantic fog's strange tendency to leave an 'opening in the sky' over the area. This phenomenon is the basis of my piece's inspiration.
Moon Over Monkton Meadow is essentially sonic imagery fusing folk-like piano melodies with gradually-unfolding layers of strings and ambient textures, leading towards a climactic reveal, celebrating the union of earth and sky.
The complete EP comprises three instrumental pieces — Moon Over Monkton Meadow, Westland Wings, Hadrian Surfs The Stars and a concluding vocal track based on the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee.
The Sky's Harbour was commissioned by the Prestwick World Festival Of Flight 2013 and funded by Creative Scotland, BAE Systems and South Ayrshire Council.
Moon Over Monkton Meadow was remastered in 2020 for my soundtrack to Take A Seat — a Covid-response art installation by The Envelope Room for the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh in Oct 2020.