Note: this download is designed to be played in a continuous loop.
Originally presented as a four channel installation for the exhibition ‘Undertones’ at Marres, Maastricht (NL), 29 June - 24 August 2014
IJstijd, which has been made for the ice cellar in the garden of Marres, House of Contemporary Culture, draws inspiration from Alvin Lucier’s early experiments such as Carbon Copies and Memory Space, where musicians are invited to imitate and react to field recordings in an attempt to recreate another time and place.
When entering the small, darkened cellar, the temperature drops and the air is filled with the musty smell of forgotten times. The low rumble of distant traffic melds with the rasps and snatched murmurs of bass clarinetist Gareth Davis, while the irregular ticks and pops of melting ice (recorded with hydrophones and contact microphones) are accentuated by Enrico Malatesta’s textural percussion.
Initially, IJstijd seems somewhat minimal and static, but within the stasis it reveals a multitude of layers. The notion of time and space recedes and the listener is transported to a place where the present and the past share a parallel existence.