Bog Body explores our relationship with the ancient ritualistic role of peat bogs. A powerful, innovative, audio-visual performance piece crafted around the drama of Keeley Forsyth’s voice in collaboration with composer Ross Downes.
Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England. Built upon sparse arrangements, Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting. Ross Downes is a British musician and fine artist who composes darkly ambient, electronic, instrumental music. His recordings are filmic meditations combining atmospheric sound design with influences from ambient, minimal, industrial and contemporary classical music.
This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2022.
Commissioned by Sound UK.
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Bog Body was recorded by the BBC on 23 April 2022 at HMV Empire, Coventry.Producer: Jeremy Evans
Sound Engineer: Joe Yon
Catalogue Number: NMC DL202205