Review | By Richard Allen / a closer listen
Soundlapse | Various artists
The “golden year” for soundscapers has drawn to a close, and the results continue to be published. During lockdown, field recording artists were able to capture environments in an unprecedented, nearly pristine fashion, immune from the intrusions of humanity. The sonic arm of the Soundlapse project is based on Chilean recordings made by Rodrigo Torres, Cristóbal Briceño and Felipe Otondo were sent to multiple artists for interpretation. In eight tracks, one may experience the wetlands of Valdivia’s “Parque Urbano El Bosque” through a variety of lenses. Part of the project’s appeal is discovering what each artist hears and chooses to highlight in the same collection of sounds. Two include sirens, perhaps a nod to the piercing reminders of COVID. []