A brand new piece of music by the Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, inspired by a walk at the National Trust’s Croft Castle in Herefordshire, is released today.
The Sonic Journey – commissioned by the National Trust and sounduk - follows a route through Croft Castles beautiful landscape which is dominated by ancient trees including a thousand-year-old oak tree and an avenue of chestnut trees with links to the Spanish Armada.
The new track, which will be accompanied by a hand-drawn route map by Adrian Utley, will be available to download for free on to smartphones and MP3 players until 15 October 2013 via www.nationaltrust.org.uk and www.sonicjourneys.co.uk and also on MP3 players at Croft Castle itself.
Portishead film-maker, John Minton, worked with Adrian to create a video based on the journey that will be available to watch via the above websites or www.thespace.org.
Walkers can then walk the route to experience the music while wandering through the special place that inspired this journey through the seasons.
The music is released during the Trust’s Great British Walk which is celebrating our national love affair with walking with thousands of events and downloadable walks from across the country .
Adrian Utley is widely known for his work in the hugely-influential band, Portishead. The band, which formed in 1990, has released three critically acclaimed albums including Dummy in 1994. Adrian Utley has also worked with Patti Smith, Tom Jones and Jeff Beck.
The National Trust has previously worked on new music with Jarvis Cocker and the art pop trio Kotki Dwa.