walking from savoonga to gambell

by STEVE RODEN

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LINE artist Steve Roden returns with a new collection of five modular synth works. Drones, loops, and jittering melodic tonalities form a strange alien analog soundscape.

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at age 6, my father moved from los angeles to alaska for a year, and
i have always wondered what the alaskan landscape would sound
like (and i don’t mean just the nature sounds, but voices, landscapes,
animals, insects, etc.)

at certain times, i would cock my ear, hearing in my mind’s ear,
a dry and oozy atmosphere that began to grow into a landscape
resembling like the landscape of tarkovsky’s stalker—dusted mossy
sun of smoked sky tasting like old radish. as a kid who grew up in los
angeles, alaska was certainly “other”—and completely outside of what i knew—except for the snow.

years, after my father passed away, i had no need to be interest in the
real alaska, because for all those years i was building my own alaska
inside of me. in the few images my father left to me, his snapshots of
alaska look a bit like joshua tree desert in summer, while the winter
images seem the land of white carpets of snow. in many of my
father’s photographs there is a feeling of emptiness—as if the yellow
or white lines along the middle of roads, would lead to nowhere…
and as such, i see these images as triggers towards creating a
sonic atmosphere... leaving my own works, feeling more like places
than stories.

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released September 8, 2017

all sounds by steve roden
mastered by taylor deupree
thanks to richard, sari, taylor, yann, robert, franck.
m 2017 Steve Roden
p 2017 LINE
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Richard Chartier's LINE publishes editions documenting compositional & installation works by international sound artists & composers exploring the aesthetics of minimalism.

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