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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Plates of Sound POS001
Release Year: 2005
Note: lim. / numb. 500 copies
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00

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SOFT AND LOUD ist eine Klangkunst-Installation für 8 Lautsprecher, die auf verschiedensten ‚environmental recordings’ aus Japan basiert. Aufnahmen von Tempelplätzen, Wäldern, Marktplätzen, U-Bahn, Vorstadt-Noise, wobei sich aber das „typische japanische“ als Klangfokus herauszentriert, betörend schöne fliessende Sounds wechseln mit lauteren Alltagsmomenten & -geräuschen ab. Das ganze klingt sehr konkret und komplex zusammengefügt in dynamischer Bewegung & Effektierung.
“Originally conceived for eight-channel surround sound playback, Soft and Loud is comprised of field recordings made in Japan between 1999 and 2001 that were later arranged and mixed in Melbourne over a three year period. The objective of the field recordings was to document a variety of common environments in order to investigate the behaviour of singular events and their relationships to other sounds occupying the Japanese soundscape. Of particular interest is the cohesion with which artificially generated sounds are incorporated within the generally subdued natural acoustic environment. However intriguing the artificial is, the strangely muted quality of Japan is also a source of fascination. A massive city like Tokyo can be thunderously noisy, however it has a calmness to it that can be quite unsettling. It is the intersections where the distinctions between the artificial and the natural, noise and silence are blurred that drew samartzis' interest when constructing this work.” [label info]