Joshua Bonnetta – Low Islands [C26, single-sided]

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Joshua Bonnetta – Low Islands [C26, single-sided]


Label: Canti Magnetici

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

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‘I call the place I am writing now the bay of broken things. In the February storms, spume wraiths climb the hundred-foot cliff to fight and fall like bitter rain in the moonlight upon the cabin roof. The earth shakes from the drum roll of the surf. I lie awake and watch through the window beyond my bed. There is no ticking in my brain; this is the elemental night of chaos. This is the sea chewing its million-year way into the heart of the continent.
The caves beneath resound with thunder. Again those warring wraiths shoot high over the house. Impelled as though I were a part of all those leaping ghosts, I dress in the dark and come forth. With my back against the door, like an ancient necromancer, I hurl my mind into the white spray and try to summon back, among those leaping forms, the faces and features of the dead I know. The shapes rise endlessly, but they pass inland before the wind, indifferent to my mortal voice.’

Loren Eiseley One Night’s Dying from The Night Country

This tape, a map of sorts, resituates recordings of five disparate islands into an archipelago built up from layers of sound fragments. A study in accretion and the sedimentary parallels of geological formations and sound design; islands imagined as repositories for
environmental memory, above and below.

Created from field recordings collected at various low islands in and around the Baltic Sea from 2012-2015. Processed via cassette and Nagra 4.2 in Manhattan and Ithaca winter 2016.

Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.