Back in September 2014, L and I spent a weekend at a family friends farm near Yankalilla. One morning a went out to make some recordings across the property – exploring the surrounding scrub, hills, gullies and creeks. Near the homestead there’s a dam where I made some hydrophone recordings. Though I’d listened back to some of my above-grond recordings made around the farm, I never got around to properly examining these hydrophone recordings.
I was going through some Fleurieu-centric recordings, scouring my archive for some material to put on the Fleurieu Sound Map when this one came up and it piqued my interest. I imported it into RX, tweaked the EQ and gain slightly and it came to life. What is revealed is an underwater environment teeming with life and activity – everywhere. The spatial quality that I captured in this recording is very impressive. I thought I’d mislabelled this with one of Rolf Julius’ dense polytextured installation pieces. There’s a lot going on here.
The recording consists of three primary sound elements:
- A high-pitched cloud of incessant activity – micro-gestures, metallic flutters, sibilent voices and crackles.
- Distinctive scratching and rhythmic activity of (what I presume are) yabbies. There’s some really nice foregrounded polyrhythmic activity that can be heard distinctly on the left and right channels.
- A myriad of other voices – some weaved into the texture of dense sonic clouds, others emerging occasionally into the foreground. A variety of squeaks, flutters, gurgles and other related verbs and adjectives that currently elude me.
Images below: my new work, New Wave (2015)
More info on the piece to come.
Objects of varying origin and permenance.
From organic and mechanical means
distinguish their form in the chaos of the tides and substrates
and appear like this before your very eyes
to be collected or left behind
to be lost and found again
on a another day
in a new wave
The Door Into Summer is now available for purchase at my Bandcamp store.
Purchase of the album includes the following items:
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER – ALBUM + LINER NOTES
1. This Gilded Engine
3. Swathe of Opiates
4. Artesian Pulse
5. Red Eyes
6. The Door Into Summer
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER – BONUS TRACKS
1. Mouth of Ambience
2. Deaf Bed
3. Death To Idols
4. The Last Hour
5. Sunn Fripp
LIVE AT THE WHEATSHEAF – JULY 2014
1. Infuser IV #1 (live)
2. Goyder’s Line (live)
3. Infuser IV #2 (live)
4. The Damage Over Distance (live)
5. Maurilia (live)
6. Confluence with S.H. (live)
7. The Door Into Summer (live)
A new addition to the Fleurieu Sound Map. A midnight recording on a small footbridge at the private property of Mulberry Farm.
Fleurieu Sound Map: http://www.tristanlouthrobins.com/fleurieu_soundmap/index.html
Site index: http://www.tristanlouthrobins.com/fleurieu_soundmap/sites.html
The album I’ve been working on since 2012 is nearly finished. It will be released in digital formats via my Bandcamp page in February 2015. A pre-order will be available early in the new year.
By my usual standards this has been a long time coming and following a couple of false finishes I’ll be very glad to finally have this work out in the open soon.
1. This Gilded Engine (3:47)
2. Maurilia (6:50)
3. Swathe of Opiates (9:28)
4. Artesian Pulse (3:34)
5. Red Eyes (5:04)
6. The Door Into Summer (12:08)