The Ear Has To Travel – Wanderlust #13: The Nightfall
5 July 2018
The Nightfall by Manja Ristić
In haiku poetry, “Kigo” is a seasonal reference, a word or group of words which locates the poem in a season of the year, the seasonal association helping the reader imagine the atmosphere and settings of the poem more vividly. Kigo evokes memories and feelings which vary depending on the readers themselves: their active role is crucial in haiku poetry as different cultural and historical backgrounds may lead to a different interpretation of the poem.
The Nightfall is a collection of four compositions, each one inspired by a seasonal haiku, by Serbo-Croatian artist Manja Ristić. By combining abstract electronics, haunting soundscapes and field recordings textures, Manja recreates the evocative atmosphere of haiku without using words: just like Kigo in haiku poetry, sounds can evoke memories, images, and associations. The tracks in The Nightfall are moments frozen in time that can be perceived rather than seen, allowing the mind of the listeners to reinterpret in their own way these deeply moving soundscapes.