Climata is a set of carefully-produced field recordings made within various of James Turrell’s ‘Skyspaces’, special architectural installations that Curgenven has worked in to create curious sonic effects. Robert Curgenven has documented 15 of them with expert clarity, and asks that you play the 2 discs over the top of each other to create new combinations. 500 copies on Recorded Fields / Dragons Eye.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 May 2016
If anyone’s been to Yorkshire Sculpture Park lately, you may have discovered a strange room within a red brick enclosure on the side of the hill. Like a giant boiled egg, the room has had its top lopped off, exposing the contents to the heavens and all the rain, wind and snow that it can hurl at you.
Before you yell ‘sounds like a shit house’, this is not a house at all, it’s a sculptural installation by James Turrell called a ‘Skyspace’. And the rain and wind is a good thing, the wind at least, because it lets Robert Curgenven make gentle, hovering and breezy tones with them. He’s travelled all around Europe (and a brief stop off in Australia) to record the movements of air between the inside and outside of 15 Skyspaces, a massive effort. He combines these incidental breezes with oscillators to provide some vaguely melodic material, very slow moving despite the richness of the tones, which won’t be for everyone. This is real minimal shit musically, the other half of the fun lying in the concept. You can’t always hear a concept though, sadly.
One of the nice things is that he’s deliberately left in sounds from outside such as sirens, street noise and bristling undergrowth, which takes you occasionally into the site around the Skyspace, which is always welcome. Oh, and there’s a lot of sound here - two discs at almost an hour each, so be prepared to make the skyspace your home. You’re gonna be here a while.
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