Amami Remote Extension
Radio station: SWR
Venue/s of the event: SWR Baden-Baden (Studio 6)
audio stream: Audiostream
Amami Remote Extension by Andrew Pekler
Japanese sound artist Hideki Umezawa invited Andrew Pekler to edit field recordings of Amami Oshima Island that Umezawa had made while working on an installation about the painter Isson Tanaka on the island. The compositions were intended to poetically evoke the particularities of the relationship between the nature of Amami and its human and non-human inhabitants.For the piece Amami Remote Extension, Pekler uses elements from Umezawa’s field recordings and combines them with electronically generated sounds from his modular synthesiser. The result is a dazzling soundscape that suggests the richness of the island’s natural world but also the feeling of insular remoteness and isolation.As an artist, he works with found sound and archived music material. In his latest album releases, Tristes Tropiques (2016), Sounds From Phantom Islands (2019) and Two Views of Amami Oshima, he explored themes of exotica, ethnographic music and synthetic field recordings.
With:Andrew Pekler (modular synthesizer).
Andrew Pekler was born in 1973 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. His family emigrated to the USA in 1980, and he has lived in Germany since 1995 – first in Heidelberg and since 2000 in Berlin.In 2018, Andrew Pekler, in collaboration with Kiwi Menrath and Flavio Gortana, published Phantom Islands – A Sonic Atlas, an online atlas of historically fictional islands, which was also on view in the form of an installation in Berlin in 2019.In 2020, he was a scholarship holder at the Villa Kamogawa/Goethe-Institut in Kyoto/Japan.