Kemper Norton uses digital and analogue hardware and software, acoustic instruments, field recordings and traditional song to explore neglected or original areas of landscape and folklore. These interests are specifically focused on Cornwall, where he grew up, and Sussex, where he now resides.
His work has focused on the mythologies surrounding Chanctonbury Ring, the community tradition of ‘rough music’, the Camelford water poisoning of 1989, and tales based on commuter towns and villages on the A23. At present he is exploring ideas of lost or destroyed communities such as the Cornish kingdom of Lyonesse and Tide Mills, the derelict village visible from Newhaven Fort itself.
The Wire are streaming Kemper Norton’s new album – take a listen here.