I. DESERT SOUND

a sonic-essay about erosion, decay & time . a decomposition .
Desert sound is written for a dark room, a video/light projection and a multichannel sound system of at least four speakers able to reprodcue a wide dynamic range .
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sound of sand and small pareticals on a dune :

all recordings were done within el desierto de atacama – the driest region on earth. By using a recording-system that made it possible to get synchronised mutichannel field-recordings that capture different layers of experienced realities . Therefore
the recordings are not limited only to sonic transmitted in the air (to which we usually refer to as ‘audio’), but also within materials (sand of dunes, saltcrystals, water, var. surfaces) , within lists of recorded data (gps, temperature, humidity, etc.),
or in different frequency ranges beyond the auditory spectrum (eg. radiowaves).
We focused on recording abandoned places : ghosttowns, abandoned cementeries, unused mines, empty fields & rooms. Most of these ruins can be found in the nearfield of former industrial areas once set up by copper and nitrate mining-companies. Today these places are relicts, they erose, fade away without any active human influence. Within this process of erosion and decline, these buildings have a very charactersitic acoustic presence.

Due to the atacama’s extremly low humidity, the atmosphere is very stable during the whole year, which makes it a perfect window for
astronomers to observe the universe . The latest generation of ground based high-tech-telescopes has been set up in the atacama : from here , astronomers are watching and documenting the past . they collect data from light-sources that might not even exist anymore : data mining. One day these high-tech machines will also cease to be useful, and this giant buildings will one day also become relicts , ruins.

desert sound is a cooperation of peter kutin, flo kindlinger
and the chilenean composer fernando godoy
idea : peter kutin
concept / production : peter kutin, flo kindlinger, fernando godoy
photography : u.m.z.
audio recordings : peter kutin, fernando godoy, flo kindlinger
used techniques : condenser- & contact-mics, electromagnetic sensors, gps-data-translation-script, hydrophones & vlf antenna

support, funding, sponsoring :
MA7 cultur vienna
, SKE fonds, A9 Land Steiermak, Land Salzburg and Magellan Navigation
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