Wednesday, April 27, 2005

return to the earth

Real rock n roll; Jacob Kirkegaard's new collection of inner-earth recordings, Eldfjall (Touch), immediately caused regret for every time I've tossed off organic in describing instruments. Birthed from the ground, this is 9 real-time capsules of reverberations/ resonations of driblets and specks of terrestrial loam. The ultra-amped terra firma quivering betwixt bass-ebb jounce and haunting, dark frost.

So, Kirkegaard spent a winter and summer month in 2004 to make: geothermal recordings of vibrations in the ground around the area of Krisuvik, Geysir and Myvatn in Iceland. The recordings have been carried out using accelerometers, vibration sensor microphones. These are stuck into the earth at various places around the geysers, mapping the sonic aspects of volcanic activity at the surface of the earth. A stick can be attached, to be inserted into - for example - the earth at desired places.

Fully thrilling sound scapes that destroy most rumbling drone albums or crystalic electro-acoustics with its, seemingly, straight field explorations of hot springs and glacial shift. Editing of sorts seems to've fused a few pieces together, but possibly not, as some tumult shifts are earth's own choices. There is some comparison to field-work of Chris Watson, B.J. Nilsen's Hazard, Quin Douglas' underwater ice recording Antarctica. Though, Kirkegaard has his own style (via selections, dynamics, equipment), as it showed through on Soaked, his duo with Philip Jeck from a few yrs back. Dip in:

Jacob Kirkegaard - Gaea
Jacob Kirkegaard - Gerd
Jacob Kirkegaard - Nerthus

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