Invisible​(​s) Archipelago​(​s) #1 – Serendib rhythms

by Stéphane Marin

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Un lieu peut-il se définir comme la somme de tous les espaces qui le constituent ?

Une île est un archipel

Existerait-il un réseau invisible qui relierait entre eux certains endroits distants selon des modalités inentendues ?

L’archipel est un éclat d’îles

« Invisible(s) Archipelago(s) » est une tentative de connection audio entre différents espaces insulaires. Chaque île visitée, écoutée, enregistrée fait l’objet d’une nouvel opus dans la série. Chaque île est découpée en fragments phonographiques et est re_composée sous la forme d’un archipel.

« Invisible Archipelago » est le réseau invisible qui relie toutes les îles entre elles.

Une île est une émergence

« Serendib rythms » n’est pas une carte postale sonore dressant un portrait d’une insularité exotique. Il est bien plutôt la mise en relief et en forme de motifs rythmiques (patterns) enregistrés aux 4 coins du Sri-lanka.

De l’atomisation des espaces opérée par les microphones, et rassemblés en un réseau original par la composition, jailli un archipel inouï à la surface de l’île morcelée.
La structuration des motifs entre eux redessine une géographie sonore inédite.

« Serendib rythms » est la première pierre affleurante venu sourdre dans les eaux qui bordent cet Archipel Invisible.

(Stéphane Marin, Novembre 2016)


Can a site define itself as the sum of all its spatial constituent parts ?

An island is an archipelago

Could there be some invisible web which would interconnect certain remote places according to unheard ways and means ?

The archipelago is a shard of islands

“Invisible(s) Archipelago(s)” is an audio connection attempt between different insular spaces.Each visited, listened to, recorded island is the subject of a new opus in the series.Each island is cut into phonographic fragments and re_composed as an archipelago.

“Invisible Archipelago” is the invisible web which links all islands together.

An island is an emergence

“Serendib rhythms” is not a sound postcard giving a portrayal of an exotic insularity.
It is much more an emphasizing and a shaping along rhythmic patterns recorded all over Sri-lanka.

Through the atomization of the spaces operated by the microphones, and assembled together into an original web by composition, springs out an unheard of archipelago on the surface of a broken up island.The structuration of patterns themselves redesigns an original sound geography.

“Serendib rhythms” is the first emerging stone surging from the waters bordering this Invisible Archipelago.

(translation by Daniel Crokaert, December 2016)


released December 14, 2016

LOCATION : Colombo (Keppetipola Mawatha) - Galle (Fort & Matara Road) - Unawatuna (Villa Jungle Paradise, Jungle Beach & Dalawella Beach) - Koggala (Beach & Lake) - Kandy (Tooth Temple & Temple Square) - Hantana (Heaven Upon Hill & Water Tank) - Knuckles Ranges Mounts.

Recording - composition - mixing - mastering : Stéphane Marin.
Recorded in Sri Lanka in February - March 2015.

Cover design & treatments by Daniel Crokaert
Based exclusively on photos by Stéphane Marin and Sudath.


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