‘I wanted to explain how I'd heard
a network of blackbirds communicating call-and-answer style across
a Spanish town at dawn. Listening to the closest bird, I heard
the conclusion of a sprawling conversation which originated on
the far coast of eastern China. I was struck by the realisation
that a seemingly modest daily event is in fact the final stage
of a continental phenomenon, which can take up to seven hours
to complete as day breaks across the time zones.’
Edition of 30
Sound recording on printed Compact Disc in a screen-printed cardboard
All works are supplied shrink wrapped and come
with a certificate of authenticity.
R J Hinrichsen explores our relationship with
the world around us and examines ways in which that world can be
explained through interpretation, reasoning, representation and
manipulation. The potential to slow down our experiences is used
to define wider and more thoughtful interpretations and considerations
of our world.
R J Hinrichsen’s edition is a 30 minute
recording of a blackbird singing at dawn in Spain. The piece reveals
itself as a rich tapestry of sounds growing from the performance
of the first most dominant blackbird, who has a surprising and
delightful repertoire full of his own individual signature flourishes,
to the next bird, and the next, off into the distance. Listening
carefully it is possible to gradually tune into the conversation
they are having, the answers from the immediate birds, and then
their neighbours, as they all mark their territory.
The blackbird initiates the chorus at the break
of dawn (5:30 a.m. on that particular day), followed by sounds
of an early commuter train, a few cars, a delivery truck, and a
moped. At 5:52 a.m. the magpies, wood pigeons, finches, and sparrows
join in group by group, and the first aeroplane passes by. At
5:56 a.m. the swifts arrive for the day, and finally at 5:59 a.m.
our blackbird flies off. The hierarchy of other birds take it in
turn to assert their social relationships for the day, and people
start their daily rituals. After half an hour the picture has changed
as the remaining birds are slowly drowned out by the myriad sounds
of a busy town going about its business.
The title is printed directly onto the sleeve
of the CD case and becomes an integral element to the work. The
intimate format, perhaps best engaged with through the clarity
and closeness of headphones, has a temporal arc which requires
the commitment to its slow pace and subtle content. A piece to
be enjoyed whilst gazing out of the window, travelling on the train,
or negotiating ones way through the crowds. One has the powerful
and transformative realisation that this aural conversational network
is a living organism that spreads across the entire Euro-Asian
continent every day with the sun as a relentless and endless conductor.
This kind of meta-consciousness has the potential to lift one out
of the concentration on ones immediate ground-floor existence and
induce a global mind.
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£2.50 postage and packing elsewhere in the United Kingdom
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R J Hinrichsen completed an MA in Fine Art at
Central Saint Martins College of Fine Art in 2005 and has exhibited
widely across the UK since 2003.