Recordings from the Black Sea 2011
SPRING 2012 RELEASE, published by Dis Voir
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"Medea" directed by Vincent Moon
Tr4 "Yalta" 4:28
Medea is a sound journey around the Black Sea.
Medea is an original composition based on recordings of radio waves as well as voice and sound fragments collected by Soundwalk Collective during a two-month crossing in a sailing boat specially equipped with scanners, microphones and high-range aerials.
Medea reaches into Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria and embarks on a sound reading of a region of the world whose quivering beauty remains cruel and obscure – akin to the ancient Medea.
The book follows the sound composition of the CD (included in the book jacket) and gathers photographs by Stephan Crasneanscki and texts by Arthur Larrue.
Taken at nightfall, the photographs bear witness in a particularly chilling chiaroscuro to the doomed character of the regions explored. As for the texts, they recreate the various stages of the sound piece in the form of a Journal of the Black Sea kept during the expedition.
The ensemble invites the reader to become immersed in the heart of a strange and disquieting universe.
The Zag Zig series at Dis Voir Editions is directed by Philippe Langlois and Frank Smith. This original editorial space has, through a shift of translation, made sound works exist in the shape of books/records conceived with the artists in order to create artists’ objects that are flexible and innovating.
Mastering by Taylor Dupree from 12k Mastering
The Soundwalk Collective departed from the port of Istanbul for a two-month sailing trip along the coast of the Black Sea, with the purpose of collecting and composing the sounds that will make up the sound project.
Sailing clockwise for 3000 Km, at a distance of 15 miles from the coast in order to clearly capture all possible radio communications and musical happenings between the water and the land, Soundwalk intercepted communication from Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Turkey.
While at sea, all recordings were catalogued, edited and layered, and finally pressed onto custom-made vinyl records which contain the separate elements of the final sound piece for installation and performance.
MEDEA is a 24-hour installation for 24 custom built turntables, each one playing 1 of a limited series of 24 hand cut vinyl records, which contain the sounds collected along the journey. The turntables are displayed along the four walls of a rectangular or square room (or outside space), 6 for each wall. The walls become video projected areas, each wall split up into 6 vertical zones, representing moving images for each hour of the day - a total of 24 videos, from day to night clockwise. This visual aspect of the piece is the result of a 24-hour film.
The turntables are programmed to play automatically. The playback arm is programmed to reset itself, or to re-position itself, every specifically chosen lapse of time. Sounds are therefore cut onto records with much detail in order to create a complex and immersive 24-hour sound experience, that never repeats itself in the same way.
SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE initiates the installation by triggering the sounds - starting the motor of the piece - with a 3 hour live performance that uses the same records. During these 3 hours, the collective uses the sounds on the records, the performance material and the environment, to compose the existence of the installation. Beyond the 3 hours, the piece is left playing by itself for the rest of the 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours, the sound will be turned off.
Once entering the room after the first 3 hours of performance are over, the visitor feels like entering a used space, a bare boat abandoned to itself. The arrangement of cables, record sleeves and performance material, leave a sense of the performers' presence. The sounds are then left to represent the journey.