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CLEMENT, JODA - The Narrows

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Unfathomless U09
Release Year: 2011
Note: one long hazy dronescape based on various field recordings mainly made in Canada, very complex & rich, unidentifiable & mysterious ... ninth release in this strong series by MYSTERY SEA, dealing with "spirits of specific places"; lim. 200 handnumbered copies, beautiful full colour artwork as usual by DANIEL CROKAERT
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“When I was born, my family moved to a remote farm in north Ontario, known as ‘Setle’. Situated in the woods, ‘Setle’ was without electrical power during much of our stay, so much of my father’s work involved using power from a generator positioned 400 feet away, connected by a series of extension cords. By integrating sounds recorded from these and other remote locations, he created a form of ‘environmental music’ that expressed the beauty and solitude of the Canadian wildnerness. When we later moved the city, he would take me with him on recording missions, so as I got older field recording became like second nature. I record mostly in urban environments, but my appreciation for sound is deeply rooted in my formative years.

Following the release of The Cherry Beach Project (on Mystery Sea) I set out record a ‘site-specific’ piece as a follow-up, although I didn’t have a particular location in mind. Without specific theme or purpose, time gradually eroded my initial intention for site specificity, as I gathered a tremendous archive of sound materials. Merging various threads into one mass, the construction of the piece seemed to take on a life of its own. As hundreds of sources blurred together to the point where I forget where many originate, I slowly came to look at the piece as a continuation of my father’s idea of ‘environmental music’ – coloured by memories and impressions of those early years in north Ontario, yet re-imagined through the dense and shifting sound pallete of Toronto, where I live and work." [Joda Clément]