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Beautifully immersive avant-ambient sound sculpture from the peerless Simon Fisher Turner for renowned ceramicist Edmund De Waal - truly unmissable stuff from a living legend of the British art world.
We could be here for days on SFT’s illustrious past, but Google can sort that so we’ll focus on the glorious, immanent present of ‘A Quiet Corner of Time’, where the artistic polymath wears his sound design hat for a return to his sort of dream-like soundtrack work that enriched Derek Jarman’s films including, among others, ’Caravaggio’, which poetically presages this new piece in collaboration with contemporary artist and master potter Edmund de Waal.
Hailed as “the first time de Waal has collaborated so closely with a musician”, the sonic results were first heard installed at the Schindler house in LA, in a piece that used de Waal’s materials and architectural interventions to link his own history to that of the building, and its famous residents including John Cage.
Standing alone as its own object to be admired, immersed in, Fisher Turner’s album is a richly evocative environment in its own right, weaving in material also recorded and swapped with Ryuichi Sakamoto to create a rarified air of introspection and meditative drama that lends a strange, animist presence to whatever respective environment it’s used in.
It’s totally required listening for followers of everyone from John Cage to Terre Thaemlitz, Jim O’Rourke, Leyland Kirby and Ryuichi Sakamoto.