BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux: unearthed

Live première, commissioned by Dark Ecology / Sonic Acts SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux: unearthed 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The border area of Norway and Russia, where the sparse beauty of the Arctic landscape meets industrial decay and heavy pollution, is where BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux collected material for their audiovisual collaboration unearthed. ‘Nikel’s red and white chimneys hiss and growl as they spew out clouds of smoke. The air is difficult to breath today. With little wind, the acoustics are more noticeable and sound travels in unexpected patterns between the blocks of buildings. There is also an interesting short echo effect in some open-air locations, perhaps resulting from the reflective façades on the buildings and the lack of vegetation.’

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