Mute Song: Nightports w/Matthew Bourne

Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. These sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, reworked, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation.

Nightports was established by musician-producers Adam Martin (based in Leeds) and Mark Slater (Hull), and Nightports with Matthew Bourne is the first of a series of collaborative albums.

Material for the album was recorded at Bourne’s home outside Keighley, West Yorkshire, and at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. The recordings coax hitherto unheard sounds from a range of contrasting instruments – decrepit dusty uprights holding their own against the attack and precision of a modern concert grand. The lines between the source material and the manipulations are seamless, delivering an unexpected percussive drive and emotional impact.



“Make no mistake, this is clearly music that will be appreciated by musicians of all walks, but the beauty of this album is that it works on a much more immediate level as well. A continually challenging, yet instantly rewarding listen”

“All of which sums up the essence of Nightports—a visceral and classical work of great beauty. In finding stories for each piano used here, Bourne has created a narrative filled with quiet joy and reflection” – 4/5
All About Jazz

“The end result is a unique collision of tradition and technology, flipping between serenity, confusion, and excitement.”
All Music