Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Guther - Mosaique Mosaic (CD Gruenrekorder)
I am mostly familiar with Kubisch via her incredible minimal drone-driven modern classical compositions, which she has been making since the 1970s. Here, however, she collaborates with Eckehard Guther on a collection of thirteen pieces recorded throughout Cameroon after their having organised a number of workshops throughout this country dedicated entirely to field recordings. The idea was to work with local musicians and artists on the idea of paying attention to the sounds around them; something both Kubisch and Guther initially felt the country’s inhabitants might not do yet were surprised to discover just how much sound does impact on people’s lives. The recordings themselves are taken from the duo’s travels throughout the country and depict everything from a wide variety of natural sounds to that of traffic, a street procession (replete with musicians playing away) and a choir rehearsal. Nothing has been processed, leaving each piece to serve as a nice and tantalising snapshot of a country which clearly has much to offer in terms of sound and beyond. What is especially interesting, however, is that this work only goes to illustrate just how much sound is heavily integrated into people’s lives, no matter where they live or how much they might not even concede to it. RJ.