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Rising Water

by Timothy Fairless

Wavemaking 18:31


Released by Flaming Pines (London) on digital & limited edition CD.
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In the wake of Brisbane's second record breaking flood in 11 years, composer Timothy Fairless offers a timely examination of the beauty and menace of water. An album in three parts, Rising Water is steeped in the storms, floods and downpours of the sub-tropics. Fairless here composes with thick humid drones punctuated by swirling, eddying tones all derived from sounding glass vessels filled with water. From the rippling machinations of Wavemaking to Here Comes the Lantern’s ominously gathering drone and the choppy torrents of Shelter in Noise this album mediates on the complex nature of water: its drama and threat, as well as its textures, harmonics and tones.

In early March Fairless' hometown of Brisbane experienced a 'rain bomb' which saw more rain fall on the city in three days than London receives in a year. It was a phenomenon so dramatic and unprecedented experts struggled to describe it, a 'tsunami in the sky' it was called, an 'atmospheric river'. The skies above Brisbane contained more water than 16 Sydney Harbours The Guardian explained!

This bomb produced another record breaking flood, the second in recent memory. In the 2011 disaster Fairless's studio was flooded, irreplaceable instruments floating on the currents. In the rain bomb he was both better prepared and luckier with water surging up his street but not entering his home.

It is this context which has produced Rising Water, a release which demands we see the beauty, textures and harmonics of water in the context of climate change. It enchants, terrifies, creates and destroys.


released May 27, 2022

Made from water and glass
Produced, mixed & mastered by Timothy Fairless
Original artwork by Christopher Ahern
Released on digital and limited edition compact disc by Flaming Pines


Despite only one name being on the album cover, these things don't happen alone. This work would not have been realised without support, influence and hard work from the following people:

Kate Carr @ Flaming Pines
Christopher Ahern
Aaron Perkins
Mark du Potiers


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Timothy Fairless is an Australian composer & multi-instrumentalist who processes acoustic, electronic and environmental sources to near oblivion, but combines them with enough familiar musicality to keep things friendly.

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