(And/OAR)

Recording in natural settings has recently become a sort of “can’t miss” experience for many multi-talented composers, yet I can’t seem to remember anyone – other than Andrew Deutsch – having the idea of recording ocean waves (in this occasion, New Hampshire’s) and put them through a processing apparatus in order to let us discover “the voice of the sea”. This happens courtesy of a tone generator which recognizes certain frequencies in the waves and responds accordingly; the sublime result is a collection of six deeply touching static pieces that Deutsch defines “image drones/sounds for drawing” as they should facilitate this kind of application. What was directly experienced by yours truly is being conducted into a suspended state of torpor, where the resonance game of the shimmering pseudo choirs emitted by the ocean dissolves any kind of tension, delivering our system both from expectation and fear, finally wrapping us in a womb-like atmosphere of security which could be sustained forever.

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