TOMOKO SAUVAGE

Ombrophilia

(Aposiopèse) LP $25.00

With the influence of Terry Riley and Alice Coltrane already internalized, Sauvage’s encounter with the jalatarangam (a traditional south Indian instrument — porcelain bowls filled with water tapped with bamboo sticks) brought her to the idea of recording with underwater microphones, and using simple electronics to weave an aquatic soundscape. Additional audio feedback from loudspeakers creates drones that sway with water waves. Uncontrollable elements such as sensitivity to room acoustics and irregularity of water movement play an important role in the unstable, fragile and site-specific nature of her music.