High Rise: a Homage to North East England Brutalism

brutalLOCATION: Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

MUSIC: High Rise by Caisson – recorded on location at the site of the former Dunston Rocket, Gateshead, 2012

WORDS: Craig Johnson

Derwent Tower (also known as The Dunston Rocket) will be remembered as both a concrete eyesore and a landmark Brutalist structure.

Caisson’s High Rise presents itself as a 45-minute monolithic drone, a low-end void exploration, a homage to Northern East England Brutalism.

This soundscape encapsulates the sound of decay and destruction within this field. Field recordings taken during and after the demolition of The Dunston Rocket have been edited, layered and manipulated using a multitude of digital and analog methods creating a soundscape which encapsulates the sound of decline and destruction.

The decaying textures and industrial dirge aim to both represent and remember this landmark piece of architecture.

Listen below:

For more, visit Invisible City Records here.

For more brutalism, check this out – An Exploration of Thamesmead

More Articles for You

Traffic Reports from Dark Roundabouts, Deadly Roads & Stone Age Service Stations

A series of films about traffic black spots that have seeped into the national consciousness.

The Business Park in the Marsh: Post-Brexit Wanders in Grimsby’s Europarc

Gareth E. Rees meets artist Marc Renshaw for a walk through the a business park in the edgelands of Grimsby, in which they are haunted by the spectre of potential economic disasters to come.

Bare Knuckles, White Ladies and Martyred Rebels: The Mythic Townscape of Merthyr Tydfil

WORDS & PHOTOS: Gareth E. Rees In the year leading up the (Not So) Great Pandemic, I was fortunate enough …

As the Crow Flies: Cross City Walks in Birmingham

1. Take a map of a city 2. Draw a straight line from one side of the city to the …

A Walk into the Dark Side: A New Map of Occult London

“Within the city exists a shadow world of druids, mystics, magicians and witches.” Occult London: A Guide to the Highly …

The Supermarket Car Park Fugue

On The London Ear show on Resonance FM, Unofficial Britain’s editor Gareth E. Rees reads from his new book Car …