Commissioned Soundtrack for ‘Kathryn Thomas Lightyears 2009′.
Kathryn Thomas Lightyears 2009 unveiled Kathryn Thomas’s ambitious project Darkspace. Funded by the award she was granted from the Pollock Krasner Foundation of New York the exhibition showcased a commissioned soundtrack by Bristol based sound artist and composer Simon Whetham.
For Darkspace the composition was experienced as a 7.1 surround sound installation comprising elements of music Kathryn had found inspirational over her 25 years as an artist, in addition to field recordings from research trips the two of them undertook in Iceland, the sounds of Kathryn painting in her studio and other less obvious sources…
These include recordings of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), shipping forecasts and transmissions from NASA.
The composition provided an immersive soundtrack to the Darkspace element of ‘Kathryn Thomas Lightyears 2009′.
This release contains a stereo mixdown of the commissioned soundtrack, mastered by Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, who has been a strong supporter of Simon’s work for many years. The Aurora recordings appear courtesy of Stephen P McGreevey.
released September 1, 2011
Originally released on Traceable Echoes (TreEc001).
Published by Touch Music (MCPS).
I regularly imbibe pure frequency-substance from Mr. Chartier, having collected a number of his recordings, and this is one of my favorite ones. So lyrical and...apt... are all the little parts and pieces. Everything has never been in this much of a right place. Considered sound, concise statement, well-met communique. One of those special records that is just as much music as it isn't, and continues to be there for me when disconnection is paramount. Thank you, Mr. Chartier. Tom Rimshot