Label: Recorded Fields
2007年にRecorded Fieldsというレーベルを立ち上げ、そこからかなり秀逸な"サウンドアトラス"という環境音シリーズを発表しているRobert Curgenven。こちらが第一弾として発表されたオーストラリアの乾燥地帯"アリススプリングス"での録音。現地に8日間滞在し、その期間に得た生々しい音風景をコレクションしたもの。ラクダの息づかい等かなり興味深い音が満載。
Sound Atlas Series: Alice Springs, Central Australia. Robert Curgenven with Chris Howden. Recorded Fields is proud to announce its first release and the first volume in the Sound Atlas Series. The project's recording stage began in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory following an invitation to Curgenven and Howden to realise a project for Shifting Ground - Art Land Culture, a series of events running 3-18 May, 2007 designed to produce engagement with the arid landscapes of Central Australia. Alice Springs has a population of 28,000 and is a remote yet urban town flanked by mountain ranges, situated 1500 kilometres from the nearest coast. The sound atlas was realised through the collection of field recordings and data over eight days in twenty-two locations in Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell Ranges. Their project sought to survey the range of geographic, social and acoustic environments in a place characterised by an unusual mix of adjacent and encroaching urban and desert areas. Through the creative partnership of sound artist (Robert Curgenven) and statistician - ecologist (Chris Howden), additional data collected with the recordings was used to form a relational field - matrix in an effort to draw out latent connections between places - environments and their second order manifestations. Variables include: landform, dominant sound of the site (nominal); sound density of the recording, openness of the site with respect to infrastructure and landform (ordinal). These were combined with weighted variables: GPS (latitude, longitude and elevation); time of day of recording. Relations were determined between the sites - recordings for a layered sequence in a four channel performance or installation. The CD, RF001, is five tracks in an adaptation of this installation - performance. The recordings are unprocessed and taken directly from DAT. This application of a statistical analysis with the field recordings seeks primarily to explore non-linear relations within land and space as well as ontological and sociological issues arising from these. These issues are of particular interest when juxtaposed with ancient indigenous epistemologies concerning the land and the recently developing urban environment in this arid rangeland. Of secondary interest is the impact on the acoustic ecology of the region. Mixed to by hand to DAT with 5 CD players and 12 channel mixing desk in Darwin (25 June Ð 13 July 2007) and Alice Springs (20 July Ð 9 August 2007). Mastered with Sumugan Sivanesan, Sydney, 10, 13, 14 August 2007.