This is the website for the audio-essay "On Vanishing Land" by Justin Barton and Mark Fisher. The essay will be based on a walk that the authors took four years ago through a striking area of Suffolk coastland, starting at Felixstowe container terminal and ending at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge.

The work will explore connections between the ghost stories of MR James (many of which were inspired by this area of Suffolk), and Brian Eno’s On Land, whose unsettled ambience is an expression of this terrain into music: Eno grew up in Woodbridge, and track titles such as “Lantern Marsh” and “Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)” reference nearby places.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

    What qualified a piece for inclusion on the record was that it took me somewhere, but this might be somewhere that I'd never been before, or somewhere I'd only imagined going to. Lantern Marsh, for example, is a place only a few miles from where I grew up in East Anglia, but my experience of it derives not from having visited it (although I almost certainly did) but from having subsequently seen it on a map and imagining where and what it might be. We feel affinities not only with the past, but also with the futures that didn't materialize, and with the other variations of the present that we suspect run parallel to the one we have agreed to live in.

- Brian Eno, sleevenotes to On Land

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