SUAL Archives | 2012

Andreas Bick: Frost Pattern

Duration:     1‘59“ (excpt)
Type:             Source recording provided by Gruenrekorder
Notes:          Presented in conjunction with Far Out — listening room

Frost Pattern

(..) The extremes of fire and ice have always been a popular metaphor for the opposites of ardent passion and unfeeling frigidity, of flux and torpor – extremes which, for all our polarizing way of perceiving them, are very similar. This is also true, especially so in fact, in the acoustic field: in terms of their behaviour and dynamics, the sounds we associate with fire and ice – as created by volcanoes, glaciers, embers, snowfall and many others – seem to be related and are sometimes almost indistinguishable. The loudest natural sounds on Earth are linked with volcanic eruptions and colliding icebergs. The sounds involved range from the infrasound of volcanic tremors and the so-called “singing icebergs” through to the near-inaudible high-frequency crackling and whistling of falling snowflakes and glowing coals. (..) Nonetheless, a magical attraction is exerted on humankind by these outer reaches of the world it inhabits, as shown by our unbroken fascination with the Polar Regions and with volcanoes. (..)  The field recordings of natural phenomena were subjected to subtle modifications and sonic transformations, and woven into an abstract sound structure that offers a sensory experience of the forces exerted by fire and ice. (Andreas Bick)

Andreas Bick

Andreas Bick (born in 1964 in Marl, Germany) writes music for films and radio plays. Based on a long-standing interest in rhythmic processes in nature and everyday life, he has also made a series of sound compositions for various broadcasters. He has been awarded the Prix Ars Acustica, the Karl Sczuka Prize, and the Phonurgia Nova Prize.

[info as of 11/2012]