Asher Landscape Studies

Obsessive recording often breeds an extra dimension of hearing, of isolating layers and distinctions of sound that normally blend into the background of the everyday. Asher Thal-Nir's refinement of sound for another project led him to explore the native tones he discovered in the different rooms of his house. These sounds were recorded, filtered and reinterpreted by the artist until the actual sound events, and also how they affected mood and energy, were described. The result is sublime in its simplicity, a clean and frictionless orchestration of cycles and tones that depicts a specific, rich microenvironment. Unlike other room sound recordings, like Jacob Kirkegaard's 4 Rooms, for example, Asher concentrates on the barest trace of music trapped within the walls. With slight adjustments to frequency and resonance the pieces sway from energizing to listless and hopeful to slightly foreboding. This is a tiny testament to the subliminal power of ambience. (Room 40)