Wanda Group is an English musician working with field recordings, sound collage and electronic composition. Although abstract I would not call his music Ambient, or at least would reject the calming connotations the term would imply. The piece ‘Salon Gout’ is a sound collage made up of recordings he made on holiday with his family, some parts manipulated afterwards, but the majority kept as is. He manages to bring to life subtle sounds that would go unnoticed, exaggerated until they become unrecognizable or overwhelming. It isn't an easy listen, but once in it, you feel as if it is part of your reality.
The photographs are of the same trip, emphasizing his interest in texture rather than subject, although of what he wrote to me, these are the typical photos he takes when on holiday. Studying the photos while listening to the piece, I got the impression of sun stroke, being blinded and stupefied by a glaring sun in August heat.
About the series: No View, The Radio
The arts are taking a break. Theaters, museums, concert halls and galleries are closed. To a large extent, the art that is so desperately needed right now is inaccessible. Imagine being quarantined at home without films, without books, without music.
Though we may not access the art, we can still think about it. The enforced rupture of this isolation can also be an opportune moment to reflect on and from, the arts. Every Friday for the upcoming weeks we will showcase original musical works by different artists, selected by Alex Andropoulos.