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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Suddenly woken by the sound of stillness

David Evans

27 July 2017–27 July 2017

Kings Artist Run conclude their Nite Art program with the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle, sit back and immerse yourself in a meditative sound piece assembled from field recordings of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Suddenly woken by the sound of stillness is built from explorations of movement, memory and place, and investigates their role in shaping perceptions of sound. In tracing David Evans’ 2015 journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, this aural document was originally released on London-based experimental ambient label Flaming Pines, and excavates the porous boundaries between documentation and creation, actuality and imagination. The piece traces the same arc as Evans’ original trip, but does so in order to weave a new journey out of the rhythm and cadences of life on the train.

Duration 42 minutes, 3 movements:

  1. Beijing to Ulaanbaatar (10:45)
  2. Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk (10:25)
  3. Irkutsk to Moscow (20:32)



Recorded and composed by David Evans

Mastered by Lawrence English

Photography by Louise Kellerman

Cover design by Kate Carr



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  • David Evans is a field recordist and musician from Melbourne. His previous works include ‘Transitions’, released on 3LEAVES (Hungary, 2015) and made from what Evans calls ‘urban field recordings’, being fragments of sound from everyday life; and ‘Domestic Cinema’, released on New Weird Australia (Sydney, 2013), which was composed from field recordings of archaic equipment at Melbourne’s Telecommunications Museum, household and everyday sounds, typewriter and drumkit.