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Field recordist/collagist Kate Carr investigates the relationship between the sea and its shoreline in her compelling new recordings for Glistening Examples.
Using a synchronised swimming speaker and hydrophones, Kate takes acoustic readings of the natural and manmade properties of the sea and its liminal zones of transition everywhere from the north-east coast of Scotland to the most westerly point in Ireland and a fjord in Iceland. The results are parsed, manipulated and layered to poetically limn a series of psychogeographic studies inmparted with a curiously compelling narrative quality.
Taking a poem by Adrienne Rich, ‘Diving Into There Wreck’ as inspiration for the track titles of ‘The Thing Itself and not the Myth,’ Carr spellbindingly uses her own poetic license to shape a uniquely immersive experience, vacillating feelings of dread and isolationism with pangs of tranquility and elemental lushness that hypnotically connote her subject’s vast spectrum of spaces, textures, and their endless flux.
Oblique, then vivid, abstract and hyperreal, Kate’s intersection of morse code, honking geese, clanking hulls and dark green-brownian slosh can be heard as an attempt to grasp the logic, or the clinamen of the sea and its incessant tussle with land. The level of detail and natural effortlessness to Kate’s compositions most beautifully acknowledges the infinite complexity of the thing itself, and our metaphysical, emotive connections to it.