Saturday 10th March

Swamp bike no.2 on a final test ride at the end of a research week for “The swamp that was..” a bicycle opera for Ghent. We were assessing cycling distance from city centre out to this path beside the river Schelde also playing various pieces on the way. At the moment of stopping to head back, a flock of geese gathered and circled over us twice. “Les verres”, a remix of a Louis de Meester experiment by Matthews accompanies. Local historian Adrien Brysse’s talk about Ganda (the old name for Ghent) coming from the Engish name for geese, and that Ghent is built on a swamp, had also played at the start of their pedal.


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