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Recorded entirely in 15 of James Turrell’s Skyspaces traversing 9 countries, the two discs that make up 'Climata' were created to be played back to back or simultaneously, in any order and ideally on two sound systems. Together the two 58 minute CDs give rise to hours of unique combinations.
"Climata allows us to hear space and the air through the lens and frame of the Skyspace, an architectural light installation. Across the 200 site-specific microtonal recordings the Skyspace is the filter and instrument - offering a direct engagement with weather, location & duration by recording process which brings the inside and the outside of the Skyspaces into oscillation via the subtle physicality of sound.
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 the 15 Skyspace locations for the recording of Climata from the 87 Skyspaces spread throughout the world. Climata’s Skyspace locations extend from far-flung rural idylls to the Swiss Alps and metropolises in both Hemispheres; spanning contemporary art centres, private collections, museums of modern art and national galleries. A Skyspace is a specifically proportioned chamber with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky and outside world.
The Skyspaces can be autonomous structures or integrated into existing architecture. The aperture can be round, ovular or square – each with its’ own “piece of sky” beneath an ocean of air. These variously shaped apertures let in and frame not only Turrell’s famous light but also sound and its medium, in this case air. The initial tones you will notice are a by-product of the recording process in the Skyspaces, a technique which brings the air inside the Skyspace into movement against the air outside – oscillating through the ceiling aperture, creating a soft phasing sound, like a whooshing or fluttering where the listener can hear the air move – this sound is about as loud as the sound outside the Skyspace which gives context to that Skyspace’s location. "