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Lawrence English // Viento CD + BOOKLET

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Lawrence English, the presiding officer of the Australian experimental label Room40, is a remastered reissue of the work released in record format in 2015.Comes with a 48-page booklet of Antarctic photos and texts from field recordings.Below is a commentary by the writer.

In the summer of 2010, I was invited by the Argentine Antarctica Bureau to visit Antarctica.As everyone thinks, it was a life-changing event.Departing from Buenos Aires and heading for the continent of ice, Hercules transport planes regularly stopped at an air force base on the outskirts of Rio Gallegos under the direction of the Argentine army.

I intended to wait for a few hours, but an unexpected strong wind blew at the time of landing, and it lasted for several days.It became clear that we could not take off due to a stronger wind than expected.In addition, bad weather along the Antarctic Peninsula exacerbated the situation.

The scientists and military personnel who accompanied me were sleeping in the dormitory, but I was dragged into the raging air outside.The Patagonia wind is truly breathtaking.Literally, a strong wind that seems to hold your breath blows. Over the course of three days, I recorded abandoned buildings, a tree folded over a tundra-like meadow, shivering road signs, a crying fence, and anything else that was brought to life by the wind.It wasn't a comfortable experience at all, but I think I was able to capture a variety of sounds.

Recordings in Antarctica were made in two snowstorms at Marambio Base and Esperanza Base.During the snowstorm in Marambio, the temperature dropped to -2 degrees Celsius, which made recording particularly difficult.The wind smashed the base's structures and communications equipment, creating disturbing drones and deep low-frequency vibrations that resonated inside the base.The blizzard at Esperanza was milder than that, but the penguins were still covered in snow and were strong enough to squeeze together in the worst case.

When you listen back to these recordings, you'll be amazed at the physical strength of the wind.It's rare to feel a physical loss due to the movement of the air, but in Patagonia and Antarctica, I did.A small piece of organic dust in a raging storm.

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Room40 releases available at Tobira.

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Includes insert card, plus White Out; a 40+ page book of photography by Lawrence English made whilst in Antarctica, a document of the intensity of the iced continent.

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Artist statement by Lawrence English:

"In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to visit Antarctica through an invitation extended by the Argentine Antarctic Division. It was nothing short of life-altering, as I am sure anyone would suspect. Upon departing from Buenos Aires for the iced continent the Hercules transport aircraft, under direction of the Argentine military, made a routine stop at an airbase outside Rio Gallegos.

What was meant to be a few hours layover turned into several days as, on landing, a strong wind storm blew in unexpectedly. Conditions exceeded expectations, and before long it was clear the transport could not take off. Weather along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Whilst the scientists and military personnel we were traveling with bunkered down in their quarters, I found myself drawn outside into the howling air. The wind in Patagonia is, well, breathtaking. Literally, there were moments where it was so physical, that it was Across three days I recorded abandoned buildings, lone trees folded over in fields of tundra-like grasses, quivering road signs, wailing fences and other objects shaken into life by the wind. It wasn't a comfortable experience by any means, but the multiplicity of sounds I was able to capture, I hope, speak for themselves.

The wind battered the base's structures and telecommunications equipment, making. During the blizzard in Marambio, the temperature dropped to -40 degrees centigrade (with wind chill) which made recording particularly challenging. The blizzard at Esperanza was mild by comparison, but still strong enough to coat penguins in layer of snow as they huddled together during the worst of the storm. ..

This year marks the 10th anniversary of completing these compositions and since that time, I have had the pleasure to diffuse them on numerous occasions. With those experiences in mind, as well as the format on which these works are now being made available, I have revisited them and completely remixed and remastered the pieces.

Listening back to these recordings I am struck by the sheer physicality of the wind. It's rare that you feel physically reduced by the motion of air, but in both Patagonia and Antarctica that is just how I felt. A small speck of organic dust in a howling storm."

Artist: Lawrence English

Label: Room40

Lawrence English, the presiding officer of the Australian experimental label Room40, is a remastered reissue of the work released in record format in 2015.Comes with a 48-page booklet of Antarctic photos and texts from field recordings.Below is a commentary by the writer.

In the summer of 2010, I was invited by the Argentine Antarctica Bureau to visit Antarctica.As everyone thinks, it was a life-changing event.Departing from Buenos Aires and heading for the continent of ice, Hercules transport planes regularly stopped at an air force base on the outskirts of Rio Gallegos under the direction of the Argentine army.

I intended to wait for a few hours, but an unexpected strong wind blew at the time of landing, and it lasted for several days.It became clear that we could not take off due to a stronger wind than expected.In addition, bad weather along the Antarctic Peninsula exacerbated the situation.

The scientists and military personnel who accompanied me were sleeping in the dormitory, but I was dragged into the raging air outside.The Patagonia wind is truly breathtaking.Literally, a strong wind that seems to hold your breath blows. Over the course of three days, I recorded abandoned buildings, a tree folded over a tundra-like meadow, shivering road signs, a crying fence, and anything else that was brought to life by the wind.It wasn't a comfortable experience at all, but I think I was able to capture a variety of sounds.

Recordings in Antarctica were made in two snowstorms at Marambio Base and Esperanza Base.During the snowstorm in Marambio, the temperature dropped to -2 degrees Celsius, which made recording particularly difficult.The wind smashed the base's structures and communications equipment, creating disturbing drones and deep low-frequency vibrations that resonated inside the base.The blizzard at Esperanza was milder than that, but the penguins were still covered in snow and were strong enough to squeeze together in the worst case.

When you listen back to these recordings, you'll be amazed at the physical strength of the wind.It's rare to feel a physical loss due to the movement of the air, but in Patagonia and Antarctica, I did.A small piece of organic dust in a raging storm.

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Room40 releases available at Tobira.

----------------------------

Includes insert card, plus White Out; a 40+ page book of photography by Lawrence English made whilst in Antarctica, a document of the intensity of the iced continent.

***

Artist statement by Lawrence English:

"In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to visit Antarctica through an invitation extended by the Argentine Antarctic Division. It was nothing short of life-altering, as I am sure anyone would suspect. Upon departing from Buenos Aires for the iced continent the Hercules transport aircraft, under direction of the Argentine military, made a routine stop at an airbase outside Rio Gallegos.

What was meant to be a few hours layover turned into several days as, on landing, a strong wind storm blew in unexpectedly. Conditions exceeded expectations, and before long it was clear the transport could not take off. Weather along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Whilst the scientists and military personnel we were traveling with bunkered down in their quarters, I found myself drawn outside into the howling air. The wind in Patagonia is, well, breathtaking. Literally, there were moments where it was so physical, that it was Across three days I recorded abandoned buildings, lone trees folded over in fields of tundra-like grasses, quivering road signs, wailing fences and other objects shaken into life by the wind. It wasn't a comfortable experience by any means, but the multiplicity of sounds I was able to capture, I hope, speak for themselves.

The wind battered the base's structures and telecommunications equipment, making. During the blizzard in Marambio, the temperature dropped to -40 degrees centigrade (with wind chill) which made recording particularly challenging. The blizzard at Esperanza was mild by comparison, but still strong enough to coat penguins in layer of snow as they huddled together during the worst of the storm. ..

This year marks the 10th anniversary of completing these compositions and since that time, I have had the pleasure to diffuse them on numerous occasions. With those experiences in mind, as well as the format on which these works are now being made available, I have revisited them and completely remixed and remastered the pieces.

Listening back to these recordings I am struck by the sheer physicality of the wind. It's rare that you feel physically reduced by the motion of air, but in both Patagonia and Antarctica that is just how I felt. A small speck of organic dust in a howling storm."

Artist: Lawrence English

Label: Room40