Asher – Landscape Studies – CD – Room 40

 

Asher’s work has now graced several of the leading minimalist labels over the last couple of years, but rarely has it ever found a more natural home than here on Australia’s ROOM 40 imprint. His work has a grace, elegance and lightness of touch that deserves a wider audience, and here, Landscape Studies is one of his most concise, and conceptually successful pieces of late. Based on the spurious incidences, resonances and sonic minutiae of his domestic environment, which the artist used as a direct source of inspiration for this piece, Asher creates gently undulating tonal tracts, physically attempting to capture the immediacy of his environment, remnants and memories of passing activity, random sounds that intrude upon, yet compliment and enhance the auditory scene. In his own words:

 

“This type of composition to me is somehow related to an idea of a landscape with particular elements interacting, the quality of light, the weather and time of year, and the soundmarks of a specific location”

 

It is in attempting to render these largely visual manifestations in sound that makes this work so compelling, as the listener can hear the transitions from one set of conditions to another. Soundmarking becomes particularly relevant, as these tones and passages carry with them a certain memory of places perhaps deeply personal to the artist, as gradually they swell and decay, sometimes bringing with them the patina of age, as certain tones degrade and dissassemble. Herve Boghossian did something similar a few years back for raster noton, and I found these audible colourations and re-configurations highly listenable and deeply soporific. One of my favourite pieces at the close of the year, and a work , and artist that will remain amongst my firm favourites. Highly recommended. BGN 

 

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