15–16 September 2019
“We are increasingly separated from contact with nature. We have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experience of being in the world – its spaces, textures, sounds, smells, and habits.” – Robert Macfarlane, “Landmarks”
Responding to Macfarlane’s observation with field recordings, spoken word, and immersive ambient sounds, “Place Language” seeks to inspire a renewed interest in our surroundings, and to reinvigorate our appreciation for the audible textures and patterns that characterize a place. This unique listening experience takes place over 2 nights and features the London debuts of Marcus Fischer and Hotel Neon as well as new works by Kate Carr, Simon Scott, and Rafael Anton Irisarri.
“Place Language” is an international compilation album based on themes found in Robert Macfarlane’s renowned best-seller, Landmarks. In keeping with the book’s stated desire to “re-wild” our vocabulary and inspire renewed interest in our connection to nature, the album presents a remarkable collection of recordings from sound-artists, field recordists, and musicians around the globe, each of whom was asked to record an impression of a place dear to them. As Macfarlane himself observes, it brings together “places and people from around the world, and also offers means of ‘tuning-in’ to the emplacing precisions variously possible in language, music and landscape...”
Copies of the album will be available for the first time at this event. The music has been hand-packaged in a beautiful letter-pressed booklet by boutique label Fluid Audio, filled with commissioned landscape photography, artwork, and words by Macfarlane. All profits from the album’s sale will be donated to War Child, a charity organization that provides relief to children in areas of war and conflict; children without a place of their own.