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TUNNEL of LOVE; New CD pays tribute to Kingsway route.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

PETE Wylie and a choir of tunnel workers are among the contributors to a unique CD paying homage to the Mersey Tunnels.

The Soundtrack For a Mersey Tunnel compilation has been put together by artist Alan Dunn.

It was inspired by the number 433 bus, which travels through the Kingsway/Wallasey tunnel every day on its way from New Brighton to Liverpool.

The tunnel bus journey takes an average of two minutes 33 seconds, the exact length of each track on the new CD, which is designed to be listened to while travelling through the tunnel.

Only 433 copies of the CD are being made.

And 233 of them will be given away free of charge by Merseytravel to users of the tunnel and the general public.

Alan Dunn and contributing musicians including Pete Wylie were due to unveil the CD today.

Mr Dunn, who has created works about Liverpool since moving to the city 14 years ago, said: "There were responses from across the globe and contributions from France, America, Germany and Lithuania, suggesting the tunnels are a vastly undervalued treasure.

"It adds something to the journey under the Mersey."

John Cage famously produced a piece of "silent music" called 4'33".

This compilation is a mix of silence, Morse code, underwater recordings by David Attenborough's leading sound recordist Chris Watson, a new tunnel song composed by Wibke Hott and featuring a choir of tunnel workers, and a new track by Pete Wylie and Jeff Young, partly recorded live in an empty section of the Kingsway Tunnel.

There are also contributions from Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Becky Shaw and the Liverpool Marine & Electronic Society, Ocean Viva Silver, Patricia Walsh, Sex Education, Caroline Kraabel and Phil Hargreaves, Pavel Biichler and Matt Wand, and Mark Pilkington.

The initiative forms part of the 67 projects series of newly produced digital audio and billboard artworks, supported by The Arts Council of England.


DOWN DOWN: The Kingsway tunnel 433 bus has inspired a new album; UNDERGROUND: Pete Wylie recorded a track in a disused part of the Kingsway tunnel
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2008
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