Dark Speech

by Geneva Skeen

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“I wanted you to discover everything here and if at times you understand my meaning but not my words or syllables, I have revealed everything to you.” - Michael Sendivogius

'Dark Speech' was conceived of in October 2014, and has developed over time to include recordings from several geographical locations marked by intense transformation — from a boat nearly 200 yards from an erupting volcano in the Galapagos Islands at night, a cavern of snow-covered trees in the dark of Finnish winter, the end of summer in the drought-ridden Californian desert, a power-outage during a heavy rainstorm at the San Andreas fault. The original recordings intentionally maintain a sense of subjective listening and human presence, while repeated cycles of digital effects push the primary organic materials toward literal transposition. Each work stands as a vessel containing a record of these comminglings, an enclosed textural representation of the haunting and indiscernible darkness of attempting to understand the human Self within geologic time and drama.

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released September 23, 2016

Dragon's Eye Recordings edition: de6016

Audio and instrumentation recorded in and around Haukijärvi, Finland; Galápagos Islands, Ecuador; Joshua Tree, California; Parkfield, California; and Los Angeles, California.

Ceramics audio on death in a valley of fading stars courtesy of Luke Aleksandrow.

Deepest love and thanks to Greg Curtis. All other depths of love and thanks to Yann Novak, Robert Crouch, Kim Calder, Jacqueline Steele, Richard deMaria, Jane Keig, the February 2016 Arteles crew, and my dearest friends who support me so often and intently.

Cover photograph by Geneva Skeen.
Mastered by Lawrence English at 158.
Released by Dragon's Eye Recordings, 2016.

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Geneva Skeen Los Angeles, California

Influenced by écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial, Skeen works with with recordings, digital presets, voice, and mixed instrumentation. Her performances, publications, and installations focus on the contrast between facing the finite resources of our physical landscapes and their infinite digital representations. ... more

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