new to stock as of
december 3rd, 2013
|touch (uk) #to:95 cd|
bj nilsen “eye of the microphone” compact disc
- coins and bones
- twenty four seven
|to:95 | bj nilsen "eye of the microphone"|
extended digipak - 3 tracks - 43:19
mastered by denis blackham at skye masteringartwork and photography by jon wozencroft
bj nilsen (b,1975 sweden) is a sound and recording artist. his work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. he primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. he has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. his newest album presented here is “eye of the microphone” [touch # to:95, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of the city of london. currently also working on the acoustic city, a book publication with cd, co-edited with matthew gandy, [2014, jovis verlag, berlin].
recorded and mixed in london 2012 – 2013
|++ to stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++ |
in 2012 i received a scholarship from the leverhulme trust for a one-year artist in residency at the ucl urban laboratory in london, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. as part of my research i decided to dérive the city.
i spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound - walking and listening with no route or intention. a city without sound does not exist. every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns - the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. what seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. the rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. nobody seems to hear it. is it there? the choice of sound varies; it's a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.
sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world.