Basel / 2020
Audio essay Listen Back
The audio essay Listen Back captures the idea of „the Earth as a living and ever-changing archive“. The tape includes four compositions: 1. Forest Fire, 2. Hurricane, 3. Glacier, 4. Heatwave. The free interpretations of the physical processes of defracting, rearranging, melting, and heating are based on self-recorded field recordings and found footage material.
With the decision to realise the project in the form of a tape, we would like to consciously withdraw the project from digital culture, its fast pace of life and unlimited media consumption. The artistic artefact, which as a single object is part of a limited edition, should be consciously perceived and receives an additional value through the materiality of the tape. It is the small inaccuracies in the magnetic tape, scratches and disturbances that make each tape unique.
On the other hand, the continuous magnetic tape makes it possible to create a linear narrative. Neither can you jump back and forth between the tracks on a tape, nor can you skip certain sections. The listener is thus exposed to the idleness of the composition.
You can order a tape via bandcamp
The project was supported by Jugendkulturpauschale Basel-Stadt.