Home companions: Construction & Deconstruction

The Bay of Fundy duo discover that home is where the music is made.

Even though Construction & Deconstruction may bring to mind philosophical theories, the band's name is more pragmatic.

"We bought an old farmhouse in a hamlet of houses on the Bay of Fundy and have been fixing it up ever since," says David Trenaman. "We've been righting it by moving it onto a foundation, adding and dismantling additions, roofing and flooring. So it has become an undercurrent in our lives. It's also, largely, our approach to music and noise, listening, writing and making.

"We felt it was a name with legs---interesting stuff cropped up when it was Googled. And the alliteration with our names was fodder, too."

Trenaman and his partner Colleen Collins are a musical force. Enriched by geographies, physical and psychical, Construction & Deconstruction draw inspiration from the landscape they call home.

"The place where we live is a constant influence," Trenaman says. "Being able to look out at the Minas Basin and chart the mood of the sea every day certainly shapes us. And seeing deer dart across the road late at night, hearing the spring peepers' vocals slow as the season progress. And the light here is pretty spectacular."

As the duo spends a lot of time with their noses buried in books, words play an integral role in their creative process. Between the kitchen table, on the couch, in bed or the bathroom, their work-in-progress home is covered in literature. Everything from Owen Gingerich's The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus to Alberto Manguel's The Library at Night.

"We do quite a bit of reading, which finds its way into the work a lot," Trenaman says. "Snippets of things, like articles in magazines, bits of overhead dialogue, or the radio. But also gestures or noises---we heard snorting and pawing horses last night and thought how rich a sound that would be in a recording---we usually work to a melody, but not always."

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