Sound artists often working in site specific conditions don't often make the jump into releasable work. Tomoko Sauvage's exploratory process has been captured and bucks that trend in beautiful, beguiling style, with an album of hydrophonic recordings. Perfect listening for curious minds at ungodly hours.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 31 October 2017
You’d be forgiven for mistaking Tomoko Sauvage’s magnificent sounds for that of a synthesizer or some form of electronic music. They are in fact hydrophone recordings of water filled porcelain bowls and their interaction with acoustic space. There is zero electronic editing or effects. ‘Clepsydra’ is super tranquil glassy chimes that reverberate in a very meditative, blissful way, making for some really absorbing and accessible listening - unlike a lot of sonic art which can be difficult to penetrate. It’s just really chill ambient music that borders on New Age, with it’s soothing therapeutic quality - something akin to being in a temple and hearing sacred bells chiming. ‘Fortune Biscuit’ uses porous terra-cotta (biscuits) to emit bubbles which sound like a symphony of singing insects, frogs and other creatures. The pristine tones and drones
of the twenty minute ‘Calligraphy’ are created with subaquatic feedback frequencies which are hand sculpted in water and played in an echo chamber. As the frequencies gently move, they exude a captivating serenity that acts almost like a tranquilizer. You simply have to stop what you’re doing, take a time out, be still, and just enjoy their peaceful, calming effects.
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