Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Joseph Young – In A Shetland Landscape (2016)

  • Field recording 
  • Musique concrète 
  • Conceptual 
  • Non-music 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism

Comment: there exist different views on field recording. Some people say it's purpose is to conjure up exactly the same feeling one could get from a natural environment while listening to an issue. For me, it is not true because our perception of the nature could not consist of one perceptive kind only. Of course, the hearing simulation is important but not the only sort of. On the other side, such sort of albums are something very special which arouse the listener to go out from his/her stressful and inferior civilised environment and step into something to be genuine and pure and authentic. Indeed, we once came from it which deserves to be protected and unharmed. Our Earth is gifted to us with purpose that we could demonstrate our thankfulness, moderateness and wisdom. Do we deserve the name of God's animals or are we just jerks who are there to fuck up everything laying around us? In fact, there is no choice in a longer perspective. Thirdly, Joseph Young as a sonic documentalist's purpose is to seek and showcase consistency and harmony between the human being and nature, to reflect on the living of a certain rural area being traditional and modern through permanent changes within a community. The fourth point is something very specific, to depict and record some sounds in the way that they could chime as (minimal) music (at Barbara's Music). There is up music, it is set up in rhythm, it is the author's presence a little bit more than just as a sound designer. Furthermore, in general, he as an artist takes all these authentic pieces to manipulate with them, to serialise and align them in different sequences. It is a sense of such a sort of work. Let's think of all of that while listening to this 14-track issue which reflects upon the ennobling beauty. The issue is a bit of the discography of Green Field Recordings. 
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