Bristol sound artists Seth Cook presents a rendering of Stefan Thut's text-based score "aussen raum" realized in both stereo field recordings and no input field recordings, focusing on a botched water feature of the River Frome beneath Bristol's Harbourside that has been the subject of ridicule and reconstruction.
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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR044
Squidco Product Code: 24176
Recorded by Seth Cooke.
Seth Cooke-no input field recordings, stereophonic field recordings
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"This version of "aussen raum" - a realisation of Stefan Thut's text-based score - uses recordings and non-recordings of an oft-ridiculed water feature built atop and supposedly symbolising the redirected and culverted River Frome beneath Bristol's Harbourside. This botched and banal public art is the centrepiece of a perpetually contested inner-city site in flux over seven centuries.
The recording was made in 2015, and the location is being remodelled yet again at the time of writing in 2017. Partially inspired by Bristolian artist Richard Long's 1967 work 'A Line Made by Walking', the piece involved repeatedly treading a single straight path through the fountains and the cascade. Recordings of four of these tracings are presented in this release. It comments on trends and superstitions in field recording - relating to water, human activity positioned in opposition to the 'natural', and assumptions about the capability of sound to represent 'place'.
The cover art features a photograph of the statue of Neptune that has taken up yet another temporary residence at this location as the river's genius loci, twin symbols of our ambivalence towards water in urban spaces. Both god and river have led transient, displaced existences over hundreds of years, of No Fixed Abode like the increasing numbers of rough sleepers currently taking refuge in the urban vacuum around the Harbourside."-Notice Recordings
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"Seth Cooke is a sound recordist, drummer and process performer based in Bristol, UK. His location-based work explores aberrant mapping and perturbed environments. His solo performances involve feedback and resonance. As a percussionist he plays traps and waste disposal sink. He sometimes enjoys the flexibility of improvisation, open composition and field recording.
He used to play drums for Hunting Lodge and Defibrillators. Current projects include a duo with Dominic Lash and the Every Contact Leaves a Trace CDr label. He co-founded the Bang the Bore collective with Clive Henry in 2009."-Seth Cooke Website (http://www.sethcooke.eu/info/)
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"Composer and cellist. Born 1968, resident in Solothurn (CH). Trained at the Lucerne Conservatory and at Boston University School of Music.
Most of his scores are to be rendered by performers; some scores serve as a template in field recording and sound art. In his compositions he operates with relatively determined open systems. Scores were realized at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf (2007), at Kid Ailack Concert Hall, Tokio (2007/09) and at the Diapason Gallery, New York (2010) among other locations. As interpreter he has premiered solo-pieces by Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Tim Parkinson, James Saunders, Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami and Manfred Werder and he has performed with the ensemble incidental music in Berlin, Brussels, London and Zurich."-Edition Wandelweiser (http://www.wandelweiser.de/stefan-thut.html)
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