Silent Landscapes

by Robert Curgenven



Composed from unprocessed recordings made between 1999 and 2008 across Australia in some of the world’s oldest locations - the 2.5 billion year-old rock-shelves of the Tanami Desert in north-western Australia, Litchfield National Park and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory; volcanic fields by the imposing Mount Warning (Wollumbin) in northern New South Wales; the desolate open plains between the Channel country and Barkly Tableland in CentralQueensland; along Indigenous songlines that cross and connect the ancient continent – from Muggadah (Echo Point) in the Blue Mountains near Katoomba to Coober Pedy in South Australia. Somewhere between beauty and brutality, the restrained fury of this landscape becomes quietly perceptible upon the threshold of silence, gathering volume to create an intense exploration of uncharted territories at the edge of human experience.


released April 14, 2018

Originally mixed live to DAT with five CD players and a 12 channel mixing desk in Berlin on 8 April 2007, 20 January and 29 February to 1 March 2008 (during Cylcone Emma) with final mixes mastered to DAT, Milan, 15-18 April 2008.
Remastered March 2018, Ireland


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Robert Curgenven

Curgenven's work emphasizes physicality, our embodied response to sound & its relation to location, air, weather & architecture; including works produced for National Gallery of Australia, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Sydney Festival, Maerzmusik & Transmediale Berlin. The Wire (UK) surmises “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.” ... more

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