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History of Violence

by philip sulidae

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drone2805 Here, the artist has entirely managed to give us the atmosphere in which he wanted to plunge us. Everywhere on earth, in any place where joy and life abound necessarily hides in the past a history of violence, abuse, fear, pain, betrayal and fallen hope. So, if like me you sometimes linger to imagine the dark secrets of where you are, the aura of dark calm of the work will delight you! Favorite track: A facade.
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A facade 09:47


Sounds were recorded in the Belanglo State forest, 150 kilometres to the south of Sydney, Australia. Its quiet solitude and isolation contrasts dramatically with its turbulent and macabre history – the scene for a series of horrific murders in the early 90’s at the hands of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers.

I choose Belanglo as a location due to my own somewhat morbid fascination with its history, but also due to its virtually indistinct organic character. It is essentially a forest like any other area of bush along the eastern seaboard of Australia; however its latent and almost dormant sensation is unlike any other.

I find this contrast very interesting, as it plays deeply into people’s subjective understanding – this understanding of Belanglo is, I believe, largely shaped and divided by our external perceptions of its history, and the innate, immediate impact of its environment.

During recording, the sounds, timbres and sonic characteristics were very comparable – similar areas, environments, topography. This allowed me some latitude and gestural flexibility in composing, as I could play with the ideas and observations that lay behind the forest and its history. In effect I could try and create a sonic environment that would replicate the contrasting and distinct perceptions of Belanglo.

Our ideas of place and the constructs behind them generate a fertile ground for creativity and composition.

(philip sulidae, February 2014)


released March 11, 2014

Location : Belanglo State Forest, Australia.

All source material recorded by philip sulidae in 2012.
All processing and editing by philip sulidae.
Track 6 contains a recording adapted from Albert Balbastre.

Cover & design treatments by Daniel Crokaert.
Based exclusively on photos by Jane Savelyeva.


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