A meditation on the sonic environment of the Brush Electrical Machines factory behind Loughborough’s main railway station. BEM manufacture generators and transformers, feeding society’s insatiable “habit of energy”, which Italian Futurist Filippo Marinetti urged artists to celebrate at the beginning of the 20th Century, but which now appears increasingly as a self-destructive addiction.
All sounds in the piece were recorded in the BEM factory, and as the work unfolds it moves back and forth between unmanipulated recordings and a kind of abstraction distilled from those recordings.
Feeding the Habit of Energy has been played on Framework (Resonance FM, London) and on Germany’s hr2-kultur.
Commissioned by Radar for 'You Are the Music While the Music Lasts', 2007.