With characteristic low-key aplomb, the Touch podcast series has uploaded an edited live recording of a sound art installation, and kept it unburdened — for better or worse — by much in the way of contextual information. A white-noise effect is in full effect throughout, like the sonic result of one very large, weighty cymbal continuously excited by some low-level mechanical action (MP3). In fact, though, it’s a very different resonant surface. A brief liner note explains this much: “Live room installation capture recording from October 2010 at SONM: Puertas de Castilla in Murcia, Spain. A trio of identical speaker constructions were presented in a black box room, all fed with variations of a similar sonic bed to continuously run for a duration of 24 days. Three cycles distilled here for this listen.” The installation, titled “Dark Matter (Ebb Tide),” is credited to longstanding speaker musician Chop Shop, aka Scott Konzelmann.
Track originally posted for free download at touchradio.org.uk, where it was accompanied by the above image.