In late 2003 Naturestrip invited four artists to submit pieces that would represent their recent work using field recordings. The ‘Overland’ compilation collects these results and demonstrates the wide range of approaches and techniques used by each artist.
Toshiya Tsunoda’s work is internationally recognized for its unique and conceptually rigorous take on field recording. His releases on labels including sirr, hapna, intransitive, lucky kitchen and wrk, have established Tsunoda as a key reference for any work done in this field. Reclaimed Land is an acoustic snapshot, recorded in Heisei Cho, Yokosuka City in August 1998. The piece captures an immersive and rich environment, momentarily framed. The listener can become involved on a variety of levels, visualizing an imaginary context, or entering a pure sound world.
Joel Stern is a Melbourne based sound artist and improviser, working with environmental recordings, electrical interference, modified microphones, amplified objects and simple feedback systems. His work moves freely between richly textural surface noise, investigations of acoustic space, and minute gestural detail. Joel has released music on labels including Groundfault, Touch, Impermanent, and TwoThousandAnd. His contribution to ‘Overland’, was produced using binaural microphones, two bottles of soda water, damaged cables and speakers. Listening with headphones is recommended.
Tarab ( Eamon Sprod) has been working on the fringes of the Melbourne sound world for the past 6 years,exploring the interplay of field recordings and improvisation with found objects. Tarab’s – Of Hollow Traces, was constructed from a series of improvisations, in late 2003-early 2004. Using a mixture of found objects, microphones, simple electronics and field recordings, to create a cyclic mixture of breathing resonate drones, static rustlings and scrapings.
Lawrence English is writer, composer and artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of media art forms, English’s work is eclectic and characterises a long-term exploration of collage, audio/visual environments and found sound. His work on Overland collects together a series of field recordings captured in Tokyo and New York during June/July 2003, the resulting composition acting as an audio diary of sorts – a series of abstract reflections on the sound textures, people and spaces visited while on tour.