Yet another artist who has escaped my radar is Jana Winderen, the latest arrival onto the Touch roster, and a worthy contender for their Tone series of works. Winderen assumes the mantle of a kind of sub-aquatic Chris Watson, deploying a pair of Dolphin EAR/PRO hydrophones, and 4060 DPA microphones to manifest a swirling, heady aquascape, sourced from beneath the oceans surrounding Norway, Greenland and Iceland. Touch’s unwritten, yet unrelenting fascination with presenting predominantly Scandinavian based artists of late is continued here with Winderen, whose work is now starting to appear in gallery installations and presentations around Europe.
In slight contrast to Watson, Winderen’s work is part source recording, part electro-drone, touching on darkly ambient territory, yet with precisely wrought inclusions and organic inflections, adding gritty texture and pin-sharp points of interest to an otherwise murky and reverberant soundscape, that in the main conjurs up the feel of an icy ocean, occupied with various creaks and grindings, the sound of liquid oozing and dripping, beating at the shorelines, and the incessant rumbling of dissonant oceanic ebbs and flows. This is a soundscape that equally demands some kind of visual element, although for those with enough imagination, Heated provides enough sensory stimulus for us to imagine the conditions and emotions engendered at the source of the sounds, as the listener is placed firmly at the focal point of all of the sonic activity captured by the artist. Business as usual for Touch, with another fine release, and another fine artist. Highly recommended. BGN