Abstractions of Holderness


A collaborative work by Esther Johnson and
Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs
Music by Pete Wiggs
Music performed by BBC Concert Orchestra
Cinematography and Editing by Esther Johnson

Year: 2017
Duration: 00:12:30
Country of Production: UK
Production Format: HD
Picture: Colour
Sound: Stereo

Supported by Arts Council England and Hull2017 UK City of Culture

Abstractions of Holderness is an audio-visual work inspired by Basil Kirchin’s 1970s residency in East Yorkshire.

Kirchin, an English drummer and composer, is known as a pioneer of musique concrète and has been described by Brian Eno as, “a founding father of ambient”.

Basil Kirchin: the first painter of music

Performances with Live Music

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story Musical Modernism: Will Gregory with BBC Concert Orchestra and Special Guests Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RQ 15:00, 19.02.17

Cinema Screenings

Manchester Jazz Festival HOME Manchester  29.07.17


Hear and Now  BBC Radio 3 Basil Kirchin in Hull 22:00, 04.03.17

Late Junction BBC Radio 3 Nick Luscombe with a Basil Kirchin tribute 17.02.17

BBC Radio 6 Music News Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley discuss Abstractions of Holderness with Elizabeth Alker 07.02.17

Conference and Symposia

Hull: City of Cinema screening, and panel member, University of Hull, Middleton Hall, HU6 7RX, 25.03.17


‘beautiful short film providing a montage of the region where Kirchin spent part of his life’  KCOM

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