The Horse and Camel Stories
Dale Berning

cat#: FLAU03
Release Date: November 14th,2007


  • 01 Vase
  • 02 Room
  • 03 Swimming
  • 04 Carpet
  • 05 Shadow Moving
  • 06 Another One
  • 07 Piano
  • 08 Fireworks
  • 09 Beat
  • 10 Jungle
  • 11 Central Heating
  • 12 Oven
  • 13 Ship and Camel
  • 14 Keyhole
  • 15 Flock
  • 16 Walking A Circle
  • 17 Caravanséail
  • 18 A Three-Pane Window
  • 19 Cloud

At the top of a carpeted staircase in a Georgian country home a blue wooden rocking horse stands completely still in front of a closed window with a view out onto the green hills and trees and fields beyond. A child rides a stationary wooden horse and travels to faraway places without ever leaving the security of his room. The movement of a rocking horse is similar to that of a cradle, or a swing, or a lullaby. Its about being quiet, its about balance, its about being at home and thinking of elsewhere.

The Horse and Camel Stories is a collection of soundtracks by Dale Berning. "vase" to "keyhole" were originally compossed for Hiraki Sawa’s film Going Places Titting Down, commissioned by the Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg London, for Waterloo Sunset, the Dan Graham Pavilion at the Hayward in November 2004. It is a piece about make-believe journeys to far-away places (at the tips of your fingers, between the cracks in the floor at your feet, on the edge and behind the door, right here where you are, close-by...). These tracks are released as The Horse Stories on vinyl on Bo'Weavil Recordings in 2006.
The Horse and Camel Stories is included 5 bonus tracks. "flock" is a soundtrack for a film by Stephanie Caw and the soundtrack for another film by Hiraki Sawa: Trail, which was at the Yokohama Triennale 2005. It is composed of 3 tracks entitled "walking a circle", "caravansérail" and "a three-pane window". All beautiful compositions are all variations on the same theme.
For the soundtrack dale used sounds belonging to the country house and garden in which Sawa filmed - water running in the upstairs bathroom; rain water dripping on the stones outside the kitchen door, sparkling water in a glass on the table, the wind-chime and the clock and the record player... And then the sounds of music boxes being played - one elaborate antique music-box with bells the shape of bees and a miniature hollow drum, and other simple music boxes, playing only one tune each, tiny naked metallic combs and drums and handles.

At the core of all Dale Berning's sound work lies a deep interest in ideas of aliveness, of space and the awareness of time passing, of breathing and being still and of listening. And of the possibility of grace.



first released on vinyl entitled The Horse Storiesl on Bo'Weavil Recordings at



「ジョージアン様式の田舎の家、絨毯が敷き詰められる階段の上には、青い木馬が静止した状態でたたずむ。前にある窓は閉じられ、眼下には緑の丘、 木々、野原が広がる。一人の子供が静止する木馬にまたがり、居心地の良いその部屋を去らずして、遥かかなたへと旅を始める。木馬の動く様子というのはゆり かごやブランコ、または子守唄のようである。それは静けさや調和であり、家の中からどこかに思いを馳せることなのだ。」


『The Horse and Camel Stories』は、現代美術作家さわひらきの映像作品『Going Places Sitting Down』のサウンドトラックに、同じテーマからなる5つの楽曲を収録したDale Berningによる初のCD作品。
収録楽曲は実際にさわひらきが撮影に使った田舎の家とその庭にある音から構成されています。バスルームの水の音、石に滴る雨水のしずく、グラスに注がれた スパークリングウォーター、ウィンドベル、時計、レコードプレーヤー…それから同じ旋律をひたすら繰り返すオルゴールの音。日常に溢れる音の繊細な響きや テクスチャーの豊かさを再提示したこの作品は、Dale自身のいう「静けさに身をゆだねること、そして耳を傾けること」の大切さに気づかせてくれる、はか なくも美しいサウンドアートの傑作といえます。






mondii (PLOP / SPEKK)

Press Quotes


Office Ambience Chart on WIRE (#288)

リアルにはほとんど聞こえないほどの小さな音を拡大し、多層化し、"知っている"音を音楽として再認識させる -
The Best of Ambient Work in 2007


the lulling electroacoustic treatments are often very quiet and highly detailed
- Boomkat


twilight atmosphere and rose-tinted nostalgia - Cyclic Defrost


'The Horse and Camel Stories' has the man in full on twinkle mode. All malfunctioning music boxes. It's like a big pretty lullabye. Dreamy snoozeville ambient lushness. - Norman Records


The Horse and Camel Stories is the kind of 12k-styled luminescence that should strongly appeal to fans of Sawako and Colleen - Textura


incredibly appealing and, at times, there’s a hint of Steinbruchel-esque composition to them that perfectly balances against the more musical tracks. Essentially this is another beautiful release from Flau and props have to go to Dale for a magical album. Highly recommended indeed. - Smallfish


A l’écoute, cette galette dégage une atmosphère fortement accueillante, fraîche et mélodique, où transparaissent divers éléments sonores reconnaissables...Aévoque la grâce d’Alejandra & Aeron - Autres Directions


Eu égard à leur étonnante unité de ton, ces histoires auraient gagné à se faire plus concises (l'engourdissement de l'esprit est garanti). Toujours est-il que ces comptines papillonnantes sont idéales pour accompagner le sommeil de bébé. - Ondefixe


das vielleicht wirklich am besten gemeinsam mit Bildern funktioniert, in seiner verletzlichen Angreifbarkeit aber immer ein Staunen provoziert. - De:Bug