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.