Through 2015 the series of recordings that constitute Climata were undertaken across 15 Skyspaces in Europe, the UK & Australia to capture the specific relation between the Skyspaces’ interior space and the ‘outside’ world (or more simply, the World). Each of these 200 recordings is very different, but can be characterised by three elements – the sound in the surrounding area outside the Skyspace including sound’s terrestrial incarnation as weather; the microtonal intervention via two custom-made oscillators and a portable speaker to yield two quiet tones, both of which have in each instance been tuned closely to the resonant frequencies of each of the Skyspaces that bring the air inside into movement against the air outside, drawing the sounds outside in; and of equal volume is the soft swishing and fluttering of the air as it is brought into motion through the phasing between outside and inside the Skyspace. The Skyspaces colour the tones played into them, shaping the air and its exchange with the outside world. Each recording builds a sound atlas of the Skyspaces and their surrounding areas, the movement of air between them and the unique combination of tones.
Turrell views the 87 Skyspaces around the world as manifestations of a singular work and in turn these present a global matrix. The 15 Skyspaces selected and recorded for Climata are indices within this matrix and furthermore, within the project’s recordings, the Skyspaces’ architecture frames the additional matrices of weather, location & duration as the air oscillates in and out of the aperture via the microtonal intervention. From these recordings the resultant archive of over 200 individual recordings, distilled from the sessions in the 15 Skyspaces, itself forms a matrix of these matrices.
Skyspace locations for Climata range from a rural idyll in Sweden to a metropolitan hill amidst the cathedrals and sirens of Salzburg, to a sculpture park in Yorkshire replete with its own quiet population of sheep, from gusty echoes playing out on a tree-lined lake after a Belgian storm, to the quiet edge of the snowline in the Swiss Alps and the world's only light art museum. Climata covers the breadth of Skyspaces, circular, square, elliptical and domed - each with their own “piece of sky” beneath an ocean of air.
released April 29, 2016
Recording of the installation preview at National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Skyspace, 5-7 August 2015. This track is a recording in the Skyspace of that installation which is itself comprises some 40 recordings made in 13 Skyspaces across Europe as well as the NGA skyspace. The NGA skyspace adds a new acoustic layer to these recordings as well as further shaping their spatial nature.
All audio recorded in 15 of James Turrell’s Skyspaces, in 9 countries. All recording done in-situ in the Skyspaces. No studio overdubs or recordings made outside Skyspaces. Recorded using only 2 custom-made oscillators via portable speaker with 2 x Rode NT2 microphones direct to hard-disk. Mixed and mastered in Cork (Ireland) and at Falmouth University, Cornwall (UK) via RME D/A, SSL 24 track console + Elysian Parametric EQs. No further effects or processing used.
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