dust & shadow

by FoAM

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of dust & shadow. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases September 23, 2019

      €5 EUR  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl

    Ultra lovely & physically embodied. Translucent vinyl. Each record is packaged with dust, sand and detritus collected from the Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin deserts which can be used for further physical manipulation and divergence from the recorded sound matter. Incomplete without surface noise.

    Includes digital pre-order of dust & shadow. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around September 23, 2019
    edition of 50 

      €20 EUR or more 

     

  • dust, sand, dirt, flotsam and jetsam of varying quality...

    Includes digital pre-order of shadow. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    digital album releases September 23, 2019
    item ships out on or around November 11, 2019
    edition of 11 

      €1 EUR or more 

     

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shadow
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dust

about

Beneath the dense noise of humanity, countless tiny critters fill the air with chittering, buzzing and clicking. Sparse atmospheres seething with intermittent bursts of activity. Vast geological scales cast long contours across space and time, imposing a silent, harsh indifference. The hollow sounds of failed experiments adrift in the effervescent flurry of progress. Intensifying densities and distances. The desert expanse is suffused with the murmur of matter transforming, expanding or disappearing, as dust storms gather in the wavering shadows of the Anthropocene.

"All is shadow mixed with dust, and there's no voice but in the sounds made by what the wind lifts up or sweeps forward, nor silence except from what the wind abandons"
—Fernando Pessoa

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credits

releases September 23, 2019

Sound design and artwork by FoAM (Nik Gaffney & Maja Kuzmanovic)
Mastering by Frederic Stader @ MusicMattersMastering

Produced in collaboration with Desert Humanities and Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University (Ron Broglio, Stacey Moran and Adam Nocek). Supported by the Global Institute of Sustainability, Institute for Humanities Research and the Panpsychic Development Fund.

Recorded and resynthesised with the landscapes and inhabitants of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin deserts, in collaboration with a Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic (and Deadkitten), a pair of RØDE M5s, Zoom-H6, various cellphones and computers, Ardour, Audacity, Supercollider, unnamed contact mics, their material substrate, and the myriad invisible products of human effort and ingenuity.

Thanks to all the animate, inanimate and partially animate participants in the field recordings. Thanks to the dawn and twilight choruses of Cave Creek, crows of the Grand Canyon, itinerant coyotes, guard dogs, javelina, and the geological formations of Coal Mine Canyon. Thanks to the creosote bushes, saguaro, nopales and barrel cacti, woodpeckers, rust, gravel, bats, rocks, a family of rodents, rain and dust storms. Thanks to the crickets, beetles, humming birds, wasps, Arcosanti bells, BNSF freight trains, helicopters of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and assorted air traffic, cars and trucks, sirens provided by the Phoenix Police Department, several fences, and atemporal echoes from Navajo, Hopi, Tohono Oʼodham and "those who are gone", the Hohokam.

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FoAM Brussels, Belgium

FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs, roaming the interstices of art, science, nature & everyday life.

FoAM Earth, the nomadic cell in the network, is founded by oscillating generalists, media wranglers and experience designers Nik Gaffney and Maja Kuzmanovic.
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