- Field Recording
AMALGAMATED HABITATION opening format presentation : recorded live at Cashmere Radio 23/01/21.
KMRU and Ross Alexander layer together recordings and ambient composition in this improvised live performance.
AMALGAMATED HABITATION : NAIROBI/BERLIN is a collaborative work by Kamaru Joseph and Ross Alexander.
The work comprises a live performance presenting recordings and sounds collected and made by the two in their respective home cities of Nairobi and Berlin and an online virtual exhibit of mixed-media works.
Within AMALGAMATED HABITATION : NAIROBI/BERLIN the two artists utilise their respective collections of sound-walk field recordings made in Berlin and Nairobi to create interpretive and abstract sound maps of the two cities, these recordings are combined with extracted 3D mapping data and p-o-v video recordings of areas within the two metropolitan centres to create an immersive multi-media work which presents an impressionistic representation of similarity and contrast between the two places and aims to create a type of ‘amalgamated’ imagined city-scape using sonic and visual elements gathered from the recordings and videos.
In creating this hybrid representation the two aim to question and reflect the markers and boundaries which are used to define the typical aspects of habitational urban environments on different continents such as in Nairobi or Berlin and to abstract the the patterns of psycho-geography which play a role in the relation we have to these habitats. Within this, as is a theme within the work of both artists, a re-contextualisation of the represented spaces allows for escape into a third, imagined place which exists somewhere outside of any real-world restrictions, a place where typical markers and boundaries are deconstructed and reformed to offer an alternate view of what a metropolitan space can sound like, look like and be.