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The Surrey Ambience Service

by Bob Holroyd

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juSt b_music This is such a deeply visceral pair of compositions, where both fear and hope are equally felt, particularly with the visuals from Surrey Ambience Service. Beautifully done Bob! Favorite track: The Surrey Ambience Service.
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These two new, complimentary pieces were written during the last 18 months of uncertainty and they use repetition and layers of sound to reflect, the often contradictory, emotions we’ve all experienced in this period.

Like a musical emergency-response team for the nervous system, the evocatively titled ‘The Surrey Ambience Service’, offers the antidote to the feelings of tension and uncertainty that waiting on the unknown engenders, “My music has become a lot about space, not rushing, letting the ideas gradually form,” says Holroyd. “I love to explore the textures of different sounds, and how these can be combined to make a sort of sonic collage. This track definitely is about the waiting, the tension of not knowing what will happen. But things can and do develop within us, layer by layer and we do move to a different internal space – we just can’t always push it.”

Whilst the second track ‘Searching’ has a similar meaning and influence, built around repetitive lines that develop, as if adding more colours. “The repetition for me is sort of like daydreaming, it allows my mind to wander. The middle of this track when the piano loop temporarily stops is like being lost in one’s thoughts, but then coming back to them again, slightly clearer.”

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released August 20, 2021

Written by Bob Holroyd
Published by Real World Works

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Bob Holroyd Farnham, UK

Bob Holroyd has released 9 studio albums with music that ranges from minimal atmospheric soundscapes, to intense walls of percussive drumming.
His work has been remixed extensively by a wide range of artists including Coldcut, Joe Claussell, Four Tet, Francois K, Mogwai & Nitin Sawhney + more.
His has extensive credits across TV and film.
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