Words, sounds and pictures by Kate Carr

Tag: music

New album: Fabulations on Soft

This is a preview track, but you can stream the whole album here:


Wire in the wind on the coast of Dunquin, Ireland

Overheard in Doi Saket – out on 3Leaves now.

It has been quite a while since I’ve been in Thailand, and I must admit living in Belfast makes the country feel very far away, but I’ve turned all the recordings I took over there into an album called Overheard in Doi Saket, which the 3Leaves label based in Hungary have very kindly released for me.
The album really is all about listening in a new place, stabs of music through the undergrowth, guitar caught between the roar of scooter traffic, insects, the fish of the dam, dogs, birds and of course the sounds of people. It is based a lot more on field recordings that my other releases, or perhaps it is more accurate to say it has fewer instrumental sounds, and I’m sure I will always like it because it will remind me of a very special place, and a pretty full on time just before I packed up everything and moved from Australia to Belfast.

You can get a copy of it here
And an excerpt from the album is below:

While I was in Thailand I also made a sound map of Doi Saket, which is something of an accompaniment to this release, which can be found here:

Sound art in Barcelona

I’m going through a bit of a new phase with my sound work, and doing more abstract pieces. This piece is comprised of field recordings I took while in Barcelona a few weeks ago. It was my first trip ever to that amazing city.

Paris, winter/spring tape out on Twin Springs Tapes

I’ve got a new release out over at Matt Barlow’s excellent boutique cassette label Twin Springs Tapes.

It is taken from a recent trip I made to Paris on the very last day of winter, and the first day of spring. I had to go there as I needed to re-enter the UK to start my visa, but it was amazing to witness the transformation of Paris at this the very start of both the warmer months and of course the massive tourist season.

My new album on the bandcamp!

My album Dark Days came out last month, and it is now on the bandcamp. For physical CDs please visit the Vent store.

Birds feeding at dawn

I’ve started recording the birds near my house in Belfast eating their new birdseed that I put out for them every morning. Made this bit of a piece out of it.

Blue Green – some music for free!

In the lead up to my label Flaming Pines’ third birthday I’m offering some freebies to celebrate the back catalogue. Today and tomorrow you can get Blue Green, an album I did with Sydney sound artist Gail Priest.

Here is some info about the release, and a few reviews!

The ice cold cool of blue, meets the regenerative power of green in a new vinyl LP by Kate Carr and Gail Priest. blue | green presents a sonic interrogation of two colours packed full of allusions, metaphors, associations and even cliches.

Kate Carr’s blue charts a story of sailors and tides, inky nights and lonesome journeys. From bursts of radio static to the crackle of old records, receding tides and forgotten chants, blue moves from choppy seas to dark ponds and lost tales before closing with a delicate rain shower.

Through green, Gail Priest plumbs the sounds of her own backyard—the greenness of crickets, wild winds through leaves, raindrops on palm fronds and the dark dampness of the wormfarm. Emerging from this verdant landscape are half heard melodies and eerie voices, alluding to secret songs and forgotten spirits.

The final piece on both sides see Carr and Priest exploring the ambiguous terrain where green and blue converge. The artists swapped samples remixing and re-working them into closers which tip toe around the edges of perception to paint a greeny-blue landscape or perhaps one of bluey-green.

This is the digital download for the split vinyl 12inch by Kate Carr & Gail Priest.
The physical album can be purchased from


“We’ve seen a few color-based releases already this year…Kate Carr and Gail Priest‘s new release is a wonderful addition to this collection…”
Richard Allen, A closer listen.

“This is a fascinating release that demonstrates the powerful journeys that can be experienced through sound. This is very much an album that needs to be heard in full to be fully appreciated (or at least each side in full). However those that take on the journey will discover some amazing experiences!”

”Broken radio transmissions gradually become little more than crackle, with the loneliness that that implies exacerbated by an electric guitar’s plangent meander and a smattering of birdsong.”

Piece for Fermata show at Artisphere in Washington DC

This piece includes so many of my recordings over the past few years, from Iceland to the south coast of New South Wales in Australia, Sydney’s Victoria Park pond, Thailand’s dams and even my mum’s pool.

Computer fatigue and the rise of the human – post for Tokafi

In a world of endless digital possibilities, more and more artists are opting for real, physical experiences.

Computers have never been more powerful, cheaper or indeed smaller but just as musicians and sound artists could have it all in terms of power and accessibility; it seems many have become bored with the digital altogether. Perhaps most surprising about this phenomenon is the extent to which electronic musicians have spurned the digital realm. The rise and rise of tape, vinyl, vintage pedals and real instruments ranging from the banjos to acoustic guitars and ukuleles has been gathering pace within electronic music over the last few years. But what does this spell for the computer? Are we over it? Or is it just a phase?

This is the intro to an article I recently wrote for Tokafi. Read it all here:

And if you are interested in this topic, Nathan Thomas recently published a response at Fluid Radio which you can find here: