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[Petroglyph541] Nemeton (Cursus)

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Artist: Nemeton (http://nemeton.org.uk/)

Netlabel: Petroglyph (https://archive.org/details/Petroglyph541Nemeton-Cursus)

License: CC-BY-NC-ND (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)

El ritmo de la naturaleza.

Sigo pensando que la influencia del romanticismo se extendiende de forma exagerada en nuestra cultura: el mito del artista como ser especial, la intensidad de los sentimientos, etc.  De hecho, vivimos una reducción del movimiento artístico, puesto que hemos substituido las sinfonías (donde había momentos de intensidad) por las canciones (donde todo es intensidad).   Pero lo esencial, creo, es que hemos olvidado la naturaleza como inspiración para cambiarla por el ser humano, sólo por el ser humano.  Durante el renacimiento convivieron los dos paradigmas y resultó mucho más interesante.

¿Y cómo es el sonido en la naturaleza?  Pues de muchas formas pero, fundamentalmente: dinámico.  Dinámico como esta obra de Nemeton, que representa al “field recording” en este movimiento de reivindicar la naturaleza como una materia prima válida para el arte.  Naturaleza, claro está, sin humanos.

from Nemeton:

The Dorset cursus is the largest neolithic feature in northern Europe, stretching for more than 10 km over a chalkland landscape. Constructed over 5000 years ago, its purpose remains enigmatic, but it is believed to have been used as a processionary route for the dead. It is aligned so that the sun sets behind the terminal long barrow at the winter solstice, when the souls of the departed were perhaps taken by the sun to the underworld. 
This piece was produced as the soundtrack to a video of the cursus filmed in winter, at dusk, in foggy conditions. Field recordings made during filming were combined with other found sounds, including those generated by flints collected from both the terminal long barrows of the cursus. Other sound sources included improvised performances using acoustic instruments, which were electronically processed to create a series of evolving textures. The piece is structured to evoke ritualistic movement across the landscape, the features of which are successively revealed and obscured. In this way the composition explores the loss and evolution of meaning through the passage of time. 

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