field recordings, in some respect, are the most radical ways of musical expression. even more so, than say, power electronics, where at least one can envision the artist tweaking knobs — or algorithms. but with field recordings… is it music at all? (what is music after all?) or is it just documentation? if so, can documentation be art? if a documentary film is considered a piece of art why isn’t it obvious that “documentary” music can also qualify as art? does it really matter if it can be labelled as art or, in fact music? will it make the listening experience more pleasurable and profound?
i have my answers to these questions and the very fact that i’m actually posting this may give you hint about it…
anyway, alpi is field recording at its finest.
“oreledigneur is the duo of giuseppe ielasi and renato rinaldi and “alpi” is the new film by photographer and filmmaker armin linke. rinaldi followed linke’s shooting sessions between 2004 and 2009, recording on-location sound for the film, which was then edited and sound-designed by oreledigneur.
the whole sound archive was used by ielasi to edit and compose (without any additional processing) those two sides, which bear very little resemblance to the final soundtrack of the film.
the lp consists of a cinematic montage of very un-naturalistic field recordings, as in the spirit of the film: artificial ski tracks, maintenance machines, scientific laboratories, ski jumping ramps, military academies, broken equipment, tunnel resonances and a lot more.”