Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life
De Rerum Natura emerges from field recordings in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest I recorded in November 2008 at the Mamori Art Lab. The environment is dense with sonorities; it absorbs and influences the beholder/listener while soundwalking, spotting locations or recording. The ears and the mind are fully dedicated to listening, leading to vivid mental imagery. The sonic does not carry its reality within itself but is comparable to a symbol that triggers ‘virtual’ reality in the mind of the listener.
The Amazon rainforest is so remote that one can concentrate only on the recording task with absolute dedication. The experience is so intense that the sounds become deeply engraved into one’s mind. The powerful images created by the sonic environment while recording and Deep Listening create the composer’s initial mental images. The final resulting imprint is the story told by the Amazonian space.
released January 20, 2021
Field recordings at Mamori Art Lab, Brazil, on November 2008
Mixed and composed at Atomic Lady, Earth
Picture and design
Stefan Betke @ scape mastering, Berlin