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This lovely gatefold package on Experimedia documents Joshua Bonnetta's award-winning audio-visual installation 'Strange Lines and Distances', with a DVD of the piece and also an LP of the audio. I'm reviewing from the LP so I guess I'm not quite getting the full sensory experience, but given that there is an LP the audio is presumably intended as a piece in its own right too. It's quite an immer ...

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Strange Lines and Distances by Joshua Bonnetta
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 02 May 2014

This lovely gatefold package on Experimedia documents Joshua Bonnetta's award-winning audio-visual installation 'Strange Lines and Distances', with a DVD of the piece and also an LP of the audio. I'm reviewing from the LP so I guess I'm not quite getting the full sensory experience, but given that there is an LP the audio is presumably intended as a piece in its own right too.

It's quite an immersive listen, a mixture of field recordings, drones, and a variety of radio noises from fractured electronic beeps and static to distant voice recordings which I assume are from the first transatlantic radio broadcast mentioned in the press release. There are also field recordings taken at the places from which that broadcast was transmitted and received, which are split between the two channels, with occasional footsteps and lapping water. This later gives way to a flat, peaceful synth drone with little flickers of radio detail occasionally poking through.

Over on side B there's a graceful wordless choral melody over a gently grating field recording that gradually gets engulfed in harsh staticky distortion that builds into a screeching, grinding wall of sound that's has a strangely emotional wrench to it in contrast with the calm stillness of the choir which continues underneath. Eventually there's nothing but the grating, hissing mass of indeterminate noise, which slowly un-distorts itself until you can make out the soft lapping of waves and we head into a final section of slow, spiritual chords in muffled, decayed analogue to ease us back into real life. Impressive stuff, probably even better with the visuals.


8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 02 May 2014

This lovely gatefold package on Experimedia documents Joshua Bonnetta's award-winning audio-visual installation 'Strange Lines and Distances', with a DVD of the piece and also an LP of the audio. I'm reviewing from the LP so I guess I'm not quite getting the full sensory experience, but given that there is an LP the audio is presumably intended as a piece in its own right too.

It's quite an immersive listen, a mixture of field recordings, drones, and a variety of radio noises from fractured electronic beeps and static to distant voice recordings which I assume are from the first transatlantic radio broadcast mentioned in the press release. There are also field recordings taken at the places from which that broadcast was transmitted and received, which are split between the two channels, with occasional footsteps and lapping water. This later gives way to a flat, peaceful synth drone with little flickers of radio detail occasionally poking through.

Over on side B there's a graceful wordless choral melody over a gently grating field recording that gradually gets engulfed in harsh staticky distortion that builds into a screeching, grinding wall of sound that's has a strangely emotional wrench to it in contrast with the calm stillness of the choir which continues underneath. Eventually there's nothing but the grating, hissing mass of indeterminate noise, which slowly un-distorts itself until you can make out the soft lapping of waves and we head into a final section of slow, spiritual chords in muffled, decayed analogue to ease us back into real life. Impressive stuff, probably even better with the visuals.


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