Gongs by the Water
Nicole practices holistic sound healing using gongs, singing bowls and other percussion instruments to create ‘sound baths’. Before the pandemic, she was running sessions in Middlesbrough.
When we spoke about Sonic Allotments, she was interested in being near flowing water. We first met near Yarm in quiet woodland beside a tributary of the River Tees on that one day in February when it felt as though Spring had come early. It was very still and there was a lot of birdsong. The track allows the listener to feel the presence and absence of the gong sound, gradually becoming more aware of the details of the environmental sounds.
Our second meeting was at Teesmouth on the huge sands of the estuary. It was a bright, pin sharp day. The sound describes the scale of this place - throbbing tanker engines carrying across the sands and seagulls just heard above the wind and distant waves. In the foreground, the gong’s lowest tones are played softly as a skylark’s song carries above the whole soundscape.