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The Frozen Lands

I recently remastered the beautiful, sombre mini-album “The Frozen Lands”, which was the final release of music in the Tuu era in 1999. It’s now available for download as FLAC or MP3 files via Bandcamp.

Back in the day, ambient scene review site Ambientrance descriptively reviewed the music as:

“….panoramic, otherworldly vistas….a place of rolling clouds of sound, an unknown area bathed in washes of dark and lightness”

The compositions were originally created from material performed for “Calls From The Rock”, the first major exhibition of work by ceramic artist, Nikki Coe. Sadly, I’ve not been able to find images of the posthumously staged show, only this obituary by Sebastian Blackie, published in Ceramic Review (March/April 1996)

Perhaps potters have a very particular understanding of death: the transformation in the kiln of plastic clay, with its infinite possibilities, to an immutable state can be seen as a metaphor; but it is a bitter irony that Nikki, who possessed such a wonderful mixture of vision, sensitivity, generosity and artistic talent should have been destroyed by the very tool that gave permanence to her work.

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Gene Pool#73 Sonic Season: Simon Whetham & Jan Hendrickse

Amazing recording of the first musical meeting of these two artists.

Globe trotting sound artist,  Simon Whetham and composer/wind player, Jan Hendrickse performed together as part of the “Embedded” season of live streamed “sofa concerts”.

hendricksewhetham03The duo performed a 45 minute set of spontaneous music, 30 minutes of which is captured in this Gene Pool episode. Simon Whetham mixes his original field recordings with live sound from an amplified metal bucket, fire grate and other objects. Jan Hendrickse uses a variety of winds, including bass flute with delicate electronic tones.

The Gene Pool Radio Show is presented on Soundart Radio 102.5FM. The podcast can be delivered directly into your Mac/PC, tablet or mobile via our iTunes Channel.

Listen: Gene Pool#73 Sonic Season: Simon Whetham & Jan Hendrickse

 

Max Eastley and Paul Whitty performing

Gene Pool#72 Sonic Season: Max Eastley & Paul Whitty

Max EastleyPart of the “Embedded” live streamed “sofa concert” series. Acclaimed artist, instrument builder and kinetic sculptor, Max Eastley performs live with SARU’s Paul Whitty.

Delving deep into textural improvisation, with electronic processes warping and shifting an array of stones, aquarium bubbles and ceramic objects. Max Eastley’s distinctive bowed monochord becomes a plaintive voice in a pixellated flux of sound.

The Gene Pool Radio Show is presented on Soundart Radio 102.5FM. The podcast can be delivered directly into your Mac/PC, tablet or mobile via our iTunes Channel.

Listen: Gene Pool#72: Max Eastley & Paul Whitty