Double album - 2CD + digital - preorders now - April 29 release
The last year has seen a relocation to Ireland amongst a lot of travel and work on a new album, Climata, recorded entirely in 15 of James Turrell's Skyspaces traversing 9 countries. Through a special recording technique Climata allows us to hear space - and also hear the air - through the lens and frame of the Skyspace, an architectural light art installation. This quiet intervention creates a shift in the context of the Skyspace from its 'visual arts' framework to one embedded within the subtle physicality of sound. Across the 200 site-specific microtonal recordings the Skyspace is the filter and instrument - offering a direct engagement with weather, location & duration by bringing the inside and outside of the Skyspace into oscillation. The term Climata itself refers to the ancient divisions used to map the inhabitable world, from latitude to the length of days. This mapping of the inhabited world is reflected in the choice of Skyspace locations, from far-flung rural idylls to the Alps and metropolises in both Hemispheres; spanning contemporary art centres, private collections, national galleries and museums of modern art.
Described by Fluid Radio as "sense shifting work" and on RTE (Irish National Radio) as "an extraordinary piece... you really just have to get" which "artfully weaves the elements into a multipart composition... [that] explores the role of sound art as a psychological reflection and also as a social commentary". You can read more details and hear a track which comes as an instant lossless download with preorders at https://robertcurgenven.bandcamp.com/album/climata
You can watch a short interview which explains a lot of the ideas behind Climata was filmed inside Kraftwerk, a venue within a converted power station in Berlin, just before the world premiere of the concert version of Climata as a 3hour durational set as part of the 30hr The Long Now, the final event of Berlin's Maerzmuisk Festival last month
A final piece of news about the development of Climata - a preview of an installation version of the project was exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia’s Skyspace last year - an article in the Sydney Morning Herald gives a very positive overview. You'll also find a recording of that installation as the second track on Disc A of the double album.
Your support for this project through a preorder of the double CD &/or digital download would be a valuable contribution to the process of realising this massive multi-part project. A preorder will also see you with a copy on the release date of 29 April. The double album is a joint release between my Recorded Fields Editions label and Dragon's Eye Recordings (USA).