[Nagnagnag] Chris Watson Live in SF 11.30.07

Jon Whitney turbid at turbid.com
Tue Oct 30 12:33:02 PDT 2007

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 FE Publicity Newsletter: Chris Watson Live in SF


Chris Watson will be performing live in SF on 11.30.07 at Recombinant Media
Labs, SF, CA


*http://recombinantmedia.net/* <http://recombinantmedia.net/%20>

Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, CA


Christopher Richard Watson was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson
School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). In 1971 he
was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music
group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he
joined Tyne Tees Television. A full biog can be downloaded

Latest release:

*Chris Watson****/****BJNilsen 'S****torm****'**** on**** Touch*****

"During December 2000 several significant storm fronts developed
across the North
Sea and Scandinavia.

Benny Nilsen remarked to me that he had recorded some of these on the
Baltic coast
and proposed a collaborative cd project based around our mutual interests in
the rhythms and music created when the elements combine over land and out to

We spent the next few years gathering recordings on our respective coastlines
and islands during the very active weather windows during the autumnal
equinox and winter solstice. This was focused around our following one
particular cyclonic system, which veers over Snipe Point on Lindisfarne to
the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, and finally descends upon Öland and
Gotland where Benny listened in with a favourite pair of Sennheiser
microphones." [Chris Watson]


The Kalahari desert is a vast open space where over 85% of the
wildlife is nocturnal.
After sunset the dunes, grasses and thorn bushes are patrolled by an alien
empire - the insects. 'Midnight at the Oasis' presents an un-seen soundscape
from a beautiful and hostile environment. In a live mixing Chris Watson, one
of the world's greatest sound artists and sound recordists, will create a 20
minute time compression from sunset to sunrise in South Africa's Kalahari
desert. Within the neutral acoustic space of a canvass marquee in the centre
of York the listener will be transported and then surrounded by the unique
and delicate nocturnal sonic detail recorded in this remote habitat.

'Tortuga Bay' is an installation first conceived for Ultima, Oslo in 2005. Here
he presents live performance of his recordings from the Galapagos Islands,
1000 km off the coast of Ecuador. Recorded in April 2005, Chris Watson was
out there recording for a forthcoming tv film series. In particular Chris
made a series of recordings throughout the unique and highly specialised
Galapagos habitats; from the mist shrouded Miconia zone at the higher
altitudes of Santa Cruz down to the dense cactus and thorn scrub bordering
the coast on smaller uninhabited islands. This trip was also the first
opportunity for Chris to try out location surround sound recording both on
land and then underwater, exploring the sonic potential below the surface of
the Pacific Ocean with a four channel hydrophone array...

*http://www.touchmusic.org.uk* <http://www.touchmusic.org.uk>

*http://www.chriswatson.net/* <http://www.chriswatson.net/>


Other Chris Watson projects of interest for November:


*Between The Tides*
BBC Radio 4
11.05.07    21.02 - 21.30
Producer: Sarah Blunt

An evocative and revelatory soundscape following life between the tides in
one of the most dynamic habitats in the world, a sandy beach.

At low tide, the beach is a human playground where families share picnics,
children splash about in the shallows, play ball games and build castles or
dig trenches in the sand. As the tide creeps up the shore, the human players
drift away one by one. Gulls, starlings and pigeons raid the beach for
scraps, before the tide encroaches further, engulfing the sand castle,
drowning discarded litter and swallowing up other signs of the human
visitors. The unstoppable rising tide transforms the welcoming sands into a
dangerous, forbidden place for humans. Below the advancing tide an alien
world comes alive; siphons extend from deep burrows to filter food from the
salty sea, sea beans from foreign shores are borne inland, and lugworms have
their tails nibbled by fish! The incoming tide stirs up the seabed, carrying
with it life from the deep ocean before retreating and allowing human life
to return once again.

This land washed by the waxing and waning of the tides is perhaps the most
fragile and volatile habitat on earth; a place where life is controlled not
by the sun but by the moon, and the ebb and flow of the waves. To survive in
this landscape, plants and animals have to withstand extremes of salinity,
wetting, drying and strong sunlight. It's a place where people can walk,
sunbathe, play and feel at ease one moment, but some seven hours later it is
transformed into an alien and dangerous place.

In Between the Tides, recordings by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson
above and below the sands, are weaved together to create a dynamic and
evocative soundscape, punctuated with the voices of biologists, scientists
and beach visitors, in this unique perspective on one of Britain's most
fragile and dynamic landscapes, the sandy shore.

*The Ghost Train* by Chris Watson
The British Library

Take the ghost train across Mexico, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic, Los
Mochis to Veracruz. Ride the rhythm of the rails on an acoustic journey that
has now passed into history. Travel through the heart of Mexico on board the
most exciting, beautiful and dynamic feat of engineering that this country
has ever seen.

The Ghost Train celebrates the sounds of a project that fuelled a
[Chris Watson, September 2007]


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