3 Reviews | By Frans de Waard / VITAL WEEKLY
Path of the Wind | Eisuke Yanagisawa
This new trio of releases by Germany’s Gruenrekorder all deal with field recordings, yet none in a very traditional way; not your usual ‚let’s tape some bird calls‘ type of thing. First there is ‚Path Of The Wind‘ by Eisuke Yanagisawa, who set up an Aeolian Harp of his own making and recorded the instrument in a bunch of locations. The Aeolian Harp is also known as wind harp and it’s were wind plays the strings attached to it. Yanagisawa learned how to work it, with string s being attached, tension and angles to capture the right amount of wind, which causes the strings to vibrate and thus a rich pattern of harmonic overtones emerge. []

 

Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt | Gregory Büttner
The other two releases by Gruenrekorder deal with field recordings of a less organic nature. Gregory Büttner’s work in installations, composition and improvisation should be known by now, and here he has a thirty-five minute piece of music entirely build from contact microphone recordings he made on old steamboat, an icebreaker from the 19830s. In 2010 he went over the Ostsee from Rostock to Rügen and spend his time in the bowels of the ship to tape all the rattling of the metal in what was effectively a big resonant room. I am not sure but I would think contact microphones may not capture the actual space, just the vibrating surfaces but no doubt Büttner has better mics than me. He also recorded the steam engine, fired by coal. This piece comes without any processing or manipulation; everything is layered, edited and cut together and has four distinct parts. []

 

Sounds of the Projection Box | Michael Lightborne
More mechanics of some kind can be found on the LP by Michael Lightborne. I don’t think I heard of him before and he describes himself thusly: „Michael Lightborne is an artist based in Birmingham and Cork. He works with video, sound and print, and has exhibited around the UK and internationally, in exhibitions and film festivals. His work engages with questions of landscape, popular culture, memory, and technology. He is currently exploring the viability of ‘psychetecture’, a concept used in the 1980s comic Mister X to describe the psychological effects of architecture and urban forms.“ In 2016 and 2017 he did recordings in a cinema projection box, documenting the changing from 35mm to digital projection. Very few cinemas still use 35mm, and Lightborne found one, which is what he calls „a workshop, an engine room, and an artist’s studio“, with a great picture on the cover. []

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