"Please exit via the gift shop" was a frequently signed request on our trips round various tourist destinations last year.
It soon became my personal mantra, particularly as I realised don't we all at one time exit through the gift shop?
It became the obvious title for this hotch potch piece, partly because of the environmental recordings I made at the beach at Bournmouth, from a minature train at Bleinheim and so on that meant for me it captured the spirit of that holiday.
The other connection was that I used it to try out various little gifts, new bits of equipment or older things I had but had never quite found a place for. All of these were added in, over doing it until I ended up with a sticky sweet mess that you then find stuck down the side of the car seat when the holiday is over.
Many things are not what they seem, the sort of distorted braying laughter that follows the girl's came from Permut8 which I think was being fed a simple synth line, the lady singings and slightly missing a note was from the Korg DVP-1 onboard vocal sounds, the frogs and grasshoppers were synthesised on the Wiard 300 series modular. The final "sample" of the beach with the child that echoes the beach girl, is from an old BBC sound effect tape for the BBC mellotron. (My wife took the pictures)
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