Boomkat Product Review:
Intrepid field recordist/collagist Jana Winderen gives voice to plankton from Miami and the North Pole, and the forests and lakes of the Swiss Jura, in beautifully transportive new work for Touch.
‘The Blue Beyond’ is Winderen’s first release since 2018, and derives from commissions by Audemars Piguet Contemporary for installation and live performances at Art Basel in Basel and Miami. Edited for this release, the works typically highlight her focus on raising awareness of society’s environmental issues, amplifying sounds normally beyond the threshold of comprehension and arranging them into immersive, impressionistic narratives akin to label mate Chris Watson.
‘The Art of Listening: Under Water’ takes us to the Atlantic coast of Miami, as well as tropical oceans and the Barents Sea of the North Pole, seamlessly eliding their respective underwater scapes in a way that defies nature - these sounds would never normally meet - with a poetic, artistic license. From shoreside to the depths, the 17min instrumental piece evokes a transition from bucolic calm to implications of dread and vastness, with magnified plankton chatter a constant as the work stealthily accretes cranky industrial and gloaming tones reminding of her collaborator Thomas Köner.
In subtle contrast, ‘Du Petit Risoud aux Profondeurs du Lac de Joux’ documents the soundsphere and wildlife of a freshwater lake high in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland. For 15 mins she layers source sounds of Lac de Joux and the Risoud Forest into a tranquility fraught with eeriness, birds chirping, and low end drones resembling motors or not-so-distant groans of melting glaciers. One to sink right into.