Today’s Discovery – Katharina Klement ~ peripheries

Today’s Discovery brings a city to life…

 

 

a closer listen

What comes to mind when you think of Belgrade? Katharina Klement went on a nine-week mission to discover the sound of the city, and came away with a multitude of answers.

peripheries plays like a sonic photo album, the images more important than the flow.  While the album begins with a thump, the field recordings soon settle into a sort of rhythm.  As the set progresses, a tapestry is revealed. The overture of the city is heard from a balcony: dogs, sirens, traffic, street music, passers-by.  A discernible hum emerges.  Is this Belgrade?  Can a single chord, a melange of sounds, sum up the city?  Klement answers with an emphatic no. Her explorations reveal jagged edges and clear demarcations, from Tesla’s gorgeously amplified induction motor to the bells of Saint Sava.

An unexpected poignancy visits during “nijemo kolo (mute dance)”, though one must read the liner notes to detect it…

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