RING ROAD RING
A Psycho-geological Sampling of the Coventry Ring Road
The album RING ROAD RING was released in 2020 on vinyl and digital, on the Gruenrekorder label. Originating from field recordings made by Dr. Michael Pigott as part of the AHRC-funded Sensing the City project, the project.
Contact microphones attached to the concrete pylons that hold up the Ring Road capture the low-level vibrations pulsing through the megastructure. Built between the 1950s and 70s, it was a key part of the plan to rebuild Coventry after the devastation of World war II. The Ring Road was intended to keep traffic out of the city centre and form the basis for a radical vision of a modern pedestrian-focussed city. However, politics, economics and the contingencies of history combined to produce a situation in which the plan was compromised in a number of ways. Nowadays, the Ring Road has come to be seen as a misguided Modernist project that ended up deterring pedestrians and killing the city centre. The process of disassembling, mitigating, and repurposing the structure is already under way.
Listen to the sounds below or click through to the Bandcamp page for more information.