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In Barotrauma we’re plunged full body into underwater recordings of Nordic fjords south of Oslo made by industrial diver-cum-musician Eric Holm, shaping a perfect follow-up to his land-based debut Andøya (2014) also for Bristol’s Subtext.
The project first came about as Holm was training at the Norwegian school of Commercial Diving and oil prices collapsed, so he started filming and recording the sounds he heard during training; but whether for personal use or with a mind to releasing them, we’re not sure.
The results are predictably immersive, but that doesn’t mean to say you’ve heard it all before. With the attuned ear of, say, Thomas Köner or Jana Winderen, Holm renders a series of wondrous, sonorous spaces that the majority of us will never experience physically, yet thanks to his selection of source material and subtle processing, we can freely wander those environments without ever feeling a shiver or have to clamber into/out of a clammy wetsuit.