Transporter – Duncan Chapman

Announcing the Single Series on Linear Obsessional.

Downloads of 7″ single duration, with A and B sides and cover, sold at a classic 7″ price.
No music.
Curated by David Little and Richard Sanderson

Utterances

utterances

For the fourth year in a row, and rapidly becoming a Christmas tradition, Richard Sanderson has released a themed compilation of tracks on the wonderful Linear Obsessional label. The collection is described as The fourth of Linear Obsessional’s annual “Open Access” compilations of tracks exactly two minutes long. This time the theme was the human voice. 
112 tracks from around the globe exploring all manner of approaches to the sounds of the “first instrument” 

The collection is free to download and can be found here 

Gryphaea

Continuing the geological theme from my previous post…

Last year, the wonderful Mr Chris Whitehead produced a rather beautiful piece entitled Gryphaea. Although Gryphaea is a product of Whitby, the bones of the land do not respect man-made borders.
Image

When a sound artist picks up a particular subject in this case of geographical nature, he could envision two approaches: the more phonographic based and the more musique concrete based. On both scenarios the individual sensible experience of the artist, and the geographical phenomena in the artist’s consciousness are the motor behind the work, but the method, articulation and instrumentation on both scenarios are very different.

Based on what I can hear in “Gryphaea” it was constructed in three stances: the recording of the sounds, the processing/montage of those sounds and a third stance can be assumed when sine waves appear. The sonorities of ”Gryphaea” have this artificial / natural qualities that help establishing a more subjective and interpretation-based approach where textures and in general the tactile experience seem to be the formal core of the compositional work. The textures in ”Gryphaea” are crisp, grainy , sometimes harsh and percussive, and even subtle through the final piece “Peak fault”.

In contrast with the textural layer of sound that goes through the entire release, Chris Whitehead uses other elements like untreated field recordings, processed field recordings and sine waves that work in a background level giving to this work some very effective and beautiful sense of depth.

Overall this is a very interesting approach when it comes to site recording when we consider that the artist was working in a place where the past and the future coexist in a topographic sense, where you can feel the lapse of time literally imprinted in the layered depth of the ground. In this sense this work is very successful establishing a feedback between concept and instrumentation that efficiently works on the ever-fundamental poetical level.

Aside from all the sense that this work makes articulating concept and form, ”Gryphaea” is a release of strong beauty where the careful and meticulous work of the artist pays off revealing to the listener a very strong tactile and immersive experience.

-John McEnroe (Field Reporter) http://thefieldreporter.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/89/

Gryphaea can be purchased from the Obs label

http://abser1.narod2.ru/releases/obs_032/