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TROMMER, MICHAEL - Night Swimmer

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Unfathomless U29
Release Year: 2015
Note: field recordings from nocturnal excursions to Ontarios Georgian Bay, relating to the theory that the fading into night expands the sonic horizon and the focus on the act of listening, intensifying one's awareness.. "and I often found myself in an acousmatic space in which most of what was heard could not actually be seen"; 3 tracks, 53+ min, lim. 200 with artcard
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Night Swimmer is created from field-recordings of nocturnal swims and paddles made during the summer of 2013 in Ontarios Georgian Bay. As evening would fade into night, the athropophony and biophony tended to become muted; this resulted in a significantly increased signal to noise ratio, or what acoustic ecologist R Murray Schafer describes as a transformation into a hi-fi environment. This expanded sonic horizon coupled with a reduced amount of visual information encouraged a heightened focus on the act of listening: the manner in which landscape filters and reflects sound became significantly more perceptible and I often found myself in an acousmatic space in which most of what was heard could not actually be seen. In this intensified state of acoustic awareness, one can perhaps detect a more primal way of responding to our environment, an echo of a past that predates the primacy of the visual.

(Michael Trommer, September 2014)


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