GD024 Christopher DeLaurenti - To the Cooling Tower, Satsop
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In this, the 2nd release of the Improvisational Architecture series, To the Cooling Tower, Satsop by Christopher DeLaurenti is very different than the 1st, Jocelyn Robert’s Cycloïdes. At base a field recording, To the Cooling Tower… conveys an aural phenomena that one typically experiences on a personal level. The journey through the tunnel is eerie, curious and mesmerizing. DeLaurenti’s interactions structure this phonography as a composition of place.
The release is a physical edition of audio combined with the tactile. The cover is a letter press replication of a ball point pen drawing by artist Robert Lansden. The full size original work instills a sense of vertigo. When translated in letterpress the effect is transferred to the fingertips and synthesized differently.
A compact disc release in a 5” X 7” sleeve with 4 panels and liner notes by DeLaurenti. Printed on letterpress by Middlepress Brooklyn, NY.
An aural and tactile experience in a limited edition of 250.
1 Track – 44:07
Interview: KPLU, November 21, 2015
“This Sound Artist Used His Ears To Explore The Tunnels Beneath Washington’s Abandoned Nuclear Plant”. DeLaurenti interviewed by
Gabriel Spitzer for Seattle’s KPLU
Review: Monk Mink Pink Punk, September 2015
” It’s weird to have your room filled with the ambient noises of another space, slowly getting use to the other environment pumped into yours.”
Review: The Sound Projector, November 11, 2015
” He saw it as a gigantic and highly unusual resonating chamber, savouring its strange echoes and reverberations, hearing sounds coming from near and far. The very sound quality itself is far from straightforward, and you should listen out for the strange “smear” effect that delighted his ears.” and “Lastly, there’s the embossed letterpress cover which uses detail from Axis, an artwork by Robert Lansden, reinforcing the notion that we’re exploring the circles of Hell. A superb release.”
Review: Avant Music News, June 4, 2015
“Slogging through the bilge water of this decrepit flagship, he heads for the cooling tower. Within, there is the splash of each step and crazy acoustics only a big, cement tube can produce, and without, there is melody – it could be the song of huge machinery heard from some distance, but it is an insidiously pleasing overture nonetheless.”
Review: Vital Weekly #981, May 5, 2015
“A fascinating trip for Delaurenti, no doubt there, but it’s also, as an outsider, a listener, an excellent piece of music. Very spacious, in the most literal sense of the word. A nice letterpress package finishes of this great release. Take it outside and do a playback in an empty hall.”
—Frans de Waard