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The Horse Stories

by Dale Berning

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    Artwork By – Dale Berning
    Photography – Hiraki Sawa
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Vase 01:17
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Room 03:26
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Swimming 01:19
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Carpet 02:59
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Another One 02:37
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Piano 03:20
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Fireworks 03:35
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Beat 01:38
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Jungle 05:50
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Oven 03:08
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Keyhole 01:04

about

At the top of a carpeted staircase in a Georgian country home a blue wooden rocking horse stands completely still in front of a closed window with a view out onto the green hills and trees and fields beyond. A child rides a stationary wooden horse and travels to faraway places without ever leaving the security of his room. The movement of a rocking horse is similar to that of a cradle, or a swing, or a lullaby. Its about being quiet, its about balance, its about being at home and thinking of elsewhere.

The Horse Stories is a collection of soundtracks by Dale Berning. All tracks were originally compossed for Hiraki Sawa’s film Going Places Titting Down, commissioned by the Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg London, for Waterloo Sunset, the Dan Graham Pavilion at the Hayward in November 2004. It is a piece about make-believe journeys to far-away places (at the tips of your fingers, between the cracks in the floor at your feet, on the edge and behind the door, right here where you are, close-by…). These tracks are released as The Horse Stories on vinyl on Bo’Weavil Recordings in 2006.
For the soundtrack dale used sounds belonging to the country house and garden in which Sawa filmed – water running in the upstairs bathroom; rain water dripping on the stones outside the kitchen door, sparkling water in a glass on the table, the wind-chime and the clock and the record player… And then the sounds of music boxes being played – one elaborate antique music-box with bells the shape of bees and a miniature hollow drum, and other simple music boxes, playing only one tune each, tiny naked metallic combs and drums and handles.

At the core of all Dale Berning’s sound work lies a deep interest in ideas of aliveness, of space and the awareness of time passing, of breathing and being still and of listening. And of the possibility of grace.

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released February 18, 2021

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