Boomkat Product Review:
Wind is a collaborative work by Touch artists BJ Nilsen and Chris Watson, originally released in 2001. The record came about from Watson supplying Nilsen with a selection of field recordings that captured the sonorities of the wind, which were then combined with Nilsen's own compositional materials. As you'd no doubt expect, the depth and quality of the recordings are of the very highest standard, and Watson's Swedish cohort certanly holds up his end of the bargain, making fresh, unearthly sonic environments from this most earthly and elemental of starting points. The motion of air makes for a remarkably malleable and textured building material for drone music, and Nilsen conjures some wonderful tones - ranging from hovering, environmental ambience to deep bass rumbles you can feel at your very core. The low frequencies prove to be especially addictive, harnessing an awesome natural power during the likes of 'Barrier' and 'Shear Line', which understandably feel so much more physical and overwhelming than anything that might have been made via purely electronic or synthetic means.