Creating more space between one another, making the listening room bigger and the area where we can listen quietly and attentively – with one another. This is how artists can open up new areas with their sound, invite us to travel and explore. It is high time to listen carefully, to notice the surrounding structures and processes, to pay attention to different perspectives and thus open ourselves to changes, to be open to listening.
Curated by Andrea Goetzke
Lyra Pramuk has worked with Holly Herndon and Colin Self and, like them, gives the voice a leading role in her music. The classically trained singer always uses recordings of her own vocals as the basis for multi-layered and compositionally complex pieces. On her recently released debut album Fountain, she touches on classic pop and contemporary club motifs while also joining the ranks of avant-garde traditions.
Ambient is often dismissed as wallpaper music. Lamin Fofana, however, employs rich textures and slowly unfolding dynamics as a basis for discourse. Since his debut in 2010, the versatile artist has repeatedly dealt with socio-political issues such as structural racism. Fofana’s latest album Blues, inspired by Amiri Baraka’s Blues People, completed a trilogy exploring the writings of Black authors.
Hüma Utku’s music makes the air clank. Under the pseudonym Roads at Night, she explored the tension between powerful electronic bass and melancholic moments on the highly regarded EP Şeb-i Yelda. She then perfected her approach last year on her LP Gnosis where abstract techno meets traditional instruments from the Arab world and choir chants, experimental forms and traditional styles.
Powerful, layered drones, eerie field recordings, booming noise, choral elements and, in the end, resounding orchestral sounds: all of this goes through the composition Hymns for Midnight in just eight and a half minutes. It can be found on the compilation HKH Cryosphere recently released by Chinabot. The sound artist and interdisciplinary designer Ramsha Shakeel thus presents her poetology. Her approach is versatile, the results are highly intense.