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Simon Whetham "Never So Alone" [CD]

価格: 1,837円(税込)
Label: Cronica - Cronica073~2013

来日回数も多い人気作家Simon Whethamのポルトガル発CronicaからのソロCD。録音後しばらく放置状態にあったというリスボンの街の音素材を使ったフィールドレコーディング。タイトルからも分かる通り極めて内省的な作風が貫かれていて、編集を多めに加えている辺りもいつもと違う様相。暗く突き放した雰囲気が素晴らしい。





During an extended stay in Lisbon, courtesy of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupting and causing european airspace to be closed, Simon Whetham explored the sonorities of city, and the surrounding countryside, using the various microphones he employs in his work. In addition to a Sennheiser shotgun microphone and two Tram lavalier mics, which capture ambient sounds we all hear, he uses contact microphones and hydrophones to expose sound vibrations that travel through objects, an electromagentic coil pickup and a radio receiver.

Simon then composed with these sound materials, in part responding to the geography and architecture of the location, the inhabitants, the weather even, but also the broad spectrum of feelings and emotions felt while investigating the place.

Field recordists tend to work alone when gathering their recordings, entering a state removed from their surroundings, but simultaneously absorbing them and becoming part of them. The loneliness alluded to in the title should therefore not be read as negative, but positive, and essential for the creation of this work.