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Hannah Dargavel-Leafe "Fore Main Mizzen" [LP]

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Label: Calling Cards Publishing - CCP004

視覚および音響芸術の交差する位置をコンセプトにレコード、テープ、書籍の出版を続ける英Calling Cards Publishingの作品。こちらは音楽家であり美術家のHannah Dargavel-Leafeが制作した、第二次世界大戦中にテムズ河口に沈んだいつ爆発するか分からない船"SS リチャード・モントゴメリー号"に関するサウンドスケープのみをマテリアルに用いた録音。この差し迫った状況から受けたインスピレーションは、どこかもの悲しく、しかし様々な感情を呼び起こす不思議な音響として響いてきます。パッケージも素晴らしく、コンセプトを記した帯付き、盤には2つのロック溝がありますが、それは未完成の意図を表現しているとの事。大推薦。



Fore Main Mizzen is made entirely from sound recordings taken on visits to Southend-on-Sea and Sheerness that are specifically focused on The SS Richard Montgomery, a ship that sank in the Thames estuary during World War Two. It is lying on a sandbank packed full of the high explosives it was transporting. At low tide its masts are visible from Southend and Sheerness either side of the water. The ship is corroding in the salt water and it is unknown when it might explode, or how much of the Kent and Essex coastline would be affected.

Taking inspiration from this impending bang, Hannah Dargavel-Leafe is approaching the underwater architecture from both sides of the estuary on repeated excursions to record, re-record and re-experience the landscape. The work is driven by the impossible task of reaching the ship, its corrosion, slow entropy, potential for catastrophe and the lacuna before the '1 big 1' (as Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' would call the explosion).

The vinyl features two locked grooves so that the process of listening reflects the unfinished intentions of the high explosives: repeated tides, getting stuck, starting again but never reaching the 'bang'.