#363. Independent sound art, radiophonic projects and other audio non-visual misunderstandings and findings. Quarantunes XVIIII. Amplify2020.
1. Clayton Thomas – All Things to All People.
Dedicated to Cor Fuhler, Sean Baxter with inspiration from AMPLIFY’s DJ Screw atmospheres. Recorded August 9 and 16 by Buzz Pringle in Sydney. The image was taken in Redfern during the bushfires that preceded COVID-19. The smoke kept us inside for weeks during summer. Lockdown has become a kind of norm.
This music was recorded on stolen Gadigal land. This music is made with respect to the Traditional Owners of the Eora Nation, and all elders, past, present and emerging. I want to recognise that sovereignty over this land was never ceded.
Released August 23, 2020.
2. Jim Denley – For Cor.
Flutes – Jim Denley. During the pandemic I’ve opened the windows of my Potts Point apartment most afternoons, setting up a couple of mics and playing with the sound of the city. This recording is one of those afternoons, 5/5/20. The recordings were largely a diary for my own use, but when Jon Abbey asked me for something, it suddenly got less anchorite.
In late February my good friend, the brilliant musician Cor Fuhler, was extremely sick in ICU Hornsby Hospital, and then in the general ward when he got better. From mid March we couldn’t see him much because of rules to do with the lockdown. During April and May he improved in a miraculous way, so at the time of this recording we were extremely hopeful about his future. He was too.
My room is is a very open enclosure, high up above Woolloomooloo Bay, with views of war ships, city skyline and dominated sonically by a noisy avian counterculture.
The music I made was a solitary and meditative activity, but Cor was on my mind, almost all the time, at that time. And listening to it now in August, it took me back to that time when Cor was still with us.