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stone circle

by Haroon Mirza

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Ballroom Marfa is proud to present a newly recorded and remastered release of Haroon Mirza’s composition Waning Gibbous originally written to inaugurate 'stone circle'—his large-scale, solar-powered, outdoor, sonic sculpture inspired by ancient megaliths.

'stone circle' activates every full moon, creating complex patterns of electronic sound and light initiated by signals from solar energy harvested by the “mother” stone. “You see the electrical current as light and you hear it as sound,” said Mirza.

For Waning Gibbous, Mirza collaborated with artist Jack Jelfs and electronic music producer Charlie Fieber. Using a variety of experimental recording and production techniques, Jelfs and Mirza recorded audio emanating from each of the eight marble stones in the circle. Fieber then processed the recordings using a variety of analog and digital techniques to highlight the delicate and intricate aural artifacts of the piece that include noise from the LED circuit, and other incidental sounds captured during the recording. Mirza describes the track as “a cross between Terry Riley and a ‘90s computer game and yet fully has the stone circle at its core.”

In this time of social distancing, while the public may not be able to visit the physical site, this release offers an opportunity to be transported to the stone circle site to hear and experience this work in a new light. Close your eyes, be transported, envision yourself watching the moon rise under the big dark skies of West Texas and feel the electricity surround you.

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released September 25, 2020

Written and produced by Haroon Mirza / hrm199
Recorded by Jack Jelfs
Mixed and Mastered by Charlie Fieber
Photo by Emma Rogers

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'stone circle' is made possible through major support from A.S. Gage Ranches Partnership, Ltd.; Freedom Solar Power; Nicholas Kirkwood; Lisson Gallery; and Allison Sarofim.

Ballroom Marfa is grateful for the continued support of our Board of Trustees, the Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club, Ballroom Marfa members, and the community of Marfa and Far West Texas.

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Haroon Mirza London, UK

Artist know for installations that test the interplay between noise, sound and electrical signals.

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