There are actually two recordings here, made many months apart and then superimposed on one another.
Burn, burn offerings… the fire will purify your body and mind…
“I was spooling cassette tape all around my room in a big loop, running it around and through things. At the time, I got the impression I had invented the loop.”
The Ness is a remote and isolated place, an uninhabited no-man’s-land, for decades occupied solely by the military for practicing the dark arts of war.
After being prompted to do field recording for this project, I went into nature, looking for novel sounds, and was surprised to find that, in the end, what really caught my attention were my most immediate surroundings—my home and practice space.
The allure of “ethnomusicological” records is, for me, only partially derived from their exoticism.
Composer Paola Prestini is the creative director of the soon-to-open Original Music Workshop. With vocalist Helga Davis, she elaborates on her Italian and Mexican background and her collaborations with artists of other disciplines.