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Stéphane Marin

Tres Fronteras

Label: Unfathomless

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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*2024 stock. 170 (hand-numbered) copies limited edition* "Urgency ! there is an urgency !! obviously there’s an urgency in this piece !!! Nothing sets in. Or at least the few trying seems quickly stripped of, replaced, torn, abolished…urgency as answer to other urgencies. The one of this exactly seven days residency to rub with the Amazon rainforest. What a funny idea will you tell : only coming seven days in this vastness, where we should better have stayed 7 weeks, 7 months, or even 7 years… But in the precise framework of what was imposed to me, and possible, it was well 7 days that I had. Urgency thus of immersing myself as quick as I could in this new listening context to bring back on time at the Medellìn’s planetarium, 3 weeks later, the piece which will stem from this Amazonian auscultation…No time really to depart too completely from real civilization ; but this was implied – and agreed on – in the essence itself of this frontiers-related project.

And always at the vibrant core of my step : becoming the witness, then the painter of these porosities between the different layers of « phonies » : liVing and viBRating beings. Listening and recording these frontiers, sometimes at the threshold of the listening itself, has been the project which justified my departure towards the triple Amazon frontier « Las Tres Fronteras » : Colombia, Peru, Brazil. And this, through explorations of the Colombian jungle, living arms of the Amazon, and a Peruvian lake, but also, in a second phase, at the frontiers, and in the centre of Medellìn, this other Andean jungle… The trip will end in the North of the country, on the Caribbean coast, touching on the quieter limits of it, running alongside the Atlantic. This work is born from exchanges with Miguel Isaza, curator of the « La Semana De La Escucha », a festival dedicated to the listening in every shape and form happening in Medellìn during the month of July. It is on that occasion that Miguel invited me to think about a project focused on liminality. A theme which made me quickly consider this stay in the Colombian Amazon, starting from Leticia, border town of Tatabinga in Brazil, next to Santa Rosa, Peruvian island, in the midst of the turbulent swells of the Amazon, which defies on its own the very idea of frontier…

This project aimed to make porous the limits between audible and inaudible ; the within and outside ; the interior and external ; the humane and non-humane ; the domestic and the wild ; the jungle and the town, and of course, as usual, the noise, the sound and music. Finally, there is still the need to evoke this environmental urgency tangible at the heart of the Mother of all forests, eroded and eaten away by certain profits, or put afire due to other opportunisms. A Capitalocen, thus, that I wanted to make audible here through worried phonic intersections riddled with palpable tensions. There’s an urgency in listening to the symptoms of a dying world. This Silencing process happens paradoxically with a lot of noise*…*and I don’t forget here to testify of the one caused by - far too - many planes that I had to take myself to realize this work…recurrent absurdity of our own practices… scandit fatalis machina muros… " - Stéphane Marin

Cat. number: U73
Year: 2022

Recorded in Colombia & Peru in July 2019. Locations : Piranha Lake (Tres Fronteras - Peru) Tacana river, Caimo Jungle & Leticia (Tres Fronteras - Amazonas - Colombia) Santa Elena & Medellín (Antioquia - Colombia) Tairona National Park & Minca (Caribe - Colombia) Limited edition of 170 hand-numbered copies. Packaged in clear vinyl sleeve with folded insert & additional art card. Glass mastered CD housed in antistatic inner sleeve.