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Westway: Course of Dislocation

As part of out Imagined Cities month, and ahead of the release of EP001 on Invada Records early this year, White Noise asked JUPITER-C to turn their darkly-hued electronics on White City's portion of London's iconic Westway flyover, combining their ear for sonic architecture with an eye for its physical presence. Listen below to Westway: Course of Dislocation, a six-track project of electronics, field recordings, ambient and instrumental music.

WORDS & MUSIC – JUPITER-C
PHOTOS - Carl Bigmore
27.04.2017

Based on the opposite side of London, the Westway has always appeared as a concrete river – flowing over that Other part of London, alien and far from home, both figuratively and literally.

Having taken up residence in East London several years ago, it is only when we take a trip out West, for whatever reason, there is the realisation that there are still large parts of this vast city we have yet to explore. In those moments, too, we get a sense that, for us Northerners, London is an unheimlich place: the environment of the tall block housing estates, contoured waterways, and heavy passing traffic evokes the familiar, yet we become lost in our surroundings. Catching ourselves drifting in and out of moments of the past, present and future, our mind wanders as memories surface that jolt us into experiencing the nowness whilst pondering where we might go.

Usually our visits out west have a sense of purpose; we plan our trip, what we may do, who we may see, what we may gather but there are times we surrender to the unknowability of it and purposefully stray, taking our cues from the dérive - a strategy put forward by Guy Debord. There is the necessity to escape the boredom and monotony of the everyday experience of life in the urban environment, and to happen upon the strange and concealed world that hides between that which we think we know.

There is a bothness to the experience; we are cerebral and sensitive simultaneously. This is what informs the project Westway: Course of Dislocation. Tonal motifs are repetitive and ever-present, whilst freer modes of expression are interwoven to create a sense of disorientation. Yet there is a destination to be reached; an end point but not The End. Merely a sense of one to be had.

The same can be said of White City, a place familiar to those in the surrounding areas, but also to those from afar, due to regular superimposition of the now-vacant BBC Television Centre on TV screens. Something unknown occurs as an urban transmogrification is happening. This is the soundtrack for what Debord called, "the groping quest for a new way of life."

Westway flyover white city west london

Westway flyover white city west london

Westway flyover white city west london

This piece is part of our Imagined Cities month, guest-edited by writer and urbanist Darran Anderson.

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