Various Artists

Telefonia: Selected Soundscape No. 2

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OK, this is art damage to be sure, and it's cool art damage -- for awhile. A group of artists that included Paul Lovens, Butch Morris, Phil Wachsmann, Jacques Widmer, Gunter Muller (of course), Christian Marclay, and others gathered together in Winterthur, Switzerland, and at the Hall of Science in New York to create a spontaneous improvisation of soundscapes, one side to the other and back, and to add a narration that carried the premise: "Here is my instrument, when I play it, where do my sounds go?" There are samples, loops, live percussion, and horns, structured silences, tapes running all over the damn place, and it' s all signal to noise, all of it ratio as it travels back and forth in a spontaneous construct of ambience and noise and even sometimes music. The other part of this is that this stuff was recorded as it criss-crossed, its spontaneity captured for all time and then broadcast to both locations from a third in the Swiss Alps, where more stuff was added and recorded. What this disc is is a recording of both performances, and I believe a selection of those chosen for their...what? I'm baffled. In all, it's intriguing listening for half an hour and then becomes noodly and prattling with self-importance and its "artfulness." If the listener didn't know that this transatlantic sound swap was going down, they might think Eno got wasted with a couple of hip classical guys and decided to do a soundtrack to their drunkenness.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:15
2
8:23
3
6:22
4
17:41
5
8:38
6
14:47
7
1:36
8
3:33
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