Mesoscaphe (kk014)

by Mathieu Ruhlmann + Celer

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Steve Smith A hidden gem in the vast Celer catalog, this seamless collaboration with Mathieu Ruhlmann pays deep tribute to a visionary underwater voyage.
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The album 'Mesoscaphe' is a sound work dedicated to the 1969 voyage of the Ben Franklin, the naturally-propelled submarine created to explore the currents of the Gulf Stream, and the nature of the sea. Half of the sound is composed of original pieces of music, meant to symbolize a deepening human element culled from memory, from strings, pianos, and electronics. The other half of the sound is composed of natural field recordings, of the Ben Franklin itself, as well as the surrounding oceans and habitats, with the intention of providing realism through sound, just as if it were an actual document from the voyage, of the surrounding ocean. The artists exchanged their own original sounds with each other, allowing each artist to experiment and remix outside of their own sound sources, with the potential to apply our own sound methods to each others' sound sources, and develop the concept even further. Titles were made to coordinate with the movement of the voyage, creating their own story, in relation to the progressing sounds. The final result is a documented literary and audio interpretation of the voyage, from the perspective of 3 sound and visual artists, of the experiences and surroundings of the crew of the Ben Franklin, traveling for 30 days by the gentle glide of the Gulf Stream. We hope to bring attention to an important event in history, overshadowed by the moon landings, and for people to know the story of the revolutionary submarine that explored the nature of the ocean, challenged scientific development, and ended up in a salvage yard.

credits

released July 1, 2008

Mathieu Ruhlmann
Field Recordings,Bowed Ukelin+Cymbal,Kettle,and Contact Mic Recordings of the Mesoscaphe - Ben Franklin

Danielle Baquet-Long
Pianos,Words,Custom Electronics,Tape Loops,Theremin

Will Long
Pianos,Custom Electronics,Tape Loops,Arrangement Diagrams,Splicing

Photography by nagao akiko
Artwork design by mondii

Many thanks to Nao Sugimoto,Spekk,our familiesand friends

Label SPEKK
Catalogue# KK014

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