This piece is one of a pair of electronic works made during the summer of 2009. Both address a related aspect to that explored in Triptych, May/July 2009; while that piece focussed on the (perforce flawed) act of remembrance, the present works are directly concerned with the fabric of the memories themselves. Ostensibly simple pieces, they each take their starting point from existing musical material (other works of mine), which has then been worked on extensively, worn and worried into its final forms. The emphasis, though, is very much on what remains, a celebration of the joy and fragility of the surviving original material, its voice continuing to sing through layers of damage and erosion.
Memories are made of this is dedicated to the Somerset artist Pat Clayton. The piece was in part inspired by her beautifully elaborate artworks, purposely aged and dirtied objects (often books and boxes); simultaneously naturalistic and artificial, they resemble items of flotsam washed up on a beach, waterlogged and etched with sand.