Words, sounds and pictures by Kate Carr

Month: April, 2013

Song from a cold place – Soundtrack made for Ears Have Ears radio program

While I was away in Iceland the experimental radio show Ears Have Ears got in touch with me to ask if I could do an original soundtrack for the show. This is what I came up with! It includes field recordings from Iceland, a new piece I made while over there and a track from my new album Landing Lights.

For more on Ears Have Ears visit:


My album Landing Lights now available digitally

Landing Lights is about journeys big and small, from a trip to the local park to tiny islands in the Pacific and everything in between.
It is about looking up as well as down when you travel, late night outings and visits which don’t go to plan. It is about the little things that go wrong, getting locked out at night, fighting with family and being caught in the rain. It is about the chaos of the everyday, the white noise of the working week and quiet meditations on the stars. It is about fantasies of places never visited, trinkets carried from earlier trips and finally coming back to where it all began, home.

This album is released on my own label Flaming Pines.
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“Landing Lights” stands out as a compelling and thought-provoking release.” — Fluid Radio

“Conceptually, the forty-six-minute release’s focus is journeys, large and small, undertaken under daylight skies and night-time stars, but Landing Lights offers a thoroughly engrossing listening experience on purely musical grounds in the absence of such background detail, especially when its contents range so widely across the sonic spectrum.” — Textura

“Landing Lights delves deeper into the tone of travel than related discs, and benefits greatly as a result.” — A Closer Listen

Hong Kong airport

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I can’t wait to go back to Hong Kong. Just stopped here to change planes on my way home from Iceland, but next time I’m going to stay there a long while I hope.

Up, up and away with Air Iceland.

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The 30 hour journey home begins.

One of my last views of Iceland


View from Hotel Samari, which is right near the tarmac at Keflavik airport.

Buried hydrophones, Ólafsfjörður

It took a while to get a decent version of this recording as it was either too loud or too quiet. But this one is quite nice. The sound of the waves and pebbles as recorded from underneath them, by hydrophones buried in the sand.

Window view, Hotel Rekyjavic

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Grey grey Rekyjavic!

Hotel Reykjavic

After being delayed by an avalanche I have now made it back to Reykjavic and will leave Iceland on Friday. It is a rainy grey day, but today I have bought myself a icelandic musical instrument called a langspil, this is me playing it in my hotel room.

Small birds in a snow storm, Grimsey Island

A field recording taken at the uninhabited north western edge of Grimsey Island. Lots of small birds chirruping away as a monster snow storm set in.

The ferry to Grimsey

An extremely scary boat trip in four metre swells from Dalvik to Grimsey Island. Even the boat crew said it was rough. The three hour trip took five because we had to go so slowly to negotiate the waves. About half of Grimsey is in the Arctic Circle, it has a lot of cliffs, birds and snow, but hardly any people on it.