[Microsound-announce] Nothing Satisfies | Olivier Nijs | Listening session / Gruenrekorder

Lasse-Marc Riek lasseart at gmx.de
Wed Sep 10 18:13:20 EDT 2008

This mix was made as a 45 minute compilation for an event called 
Listening Session 1. Using recordings from the Nothing Satisfies 
Project. This session took place in the De NWE Vorst Theatre in Tilburg, 
The Netherlands on may 6 2008. Where it was presented as an ambisonic 
surround installation. In order of appearance you can listen to:
Waalwijk 19-6-2007,
Roovertseweg 14-4-2008,
Alphen1 30-7-2007,
Biesbosch2 22-1-2008,
Visstek2 9-2-2008.

About the project
Nothing Satisfies is a project of sound artist Olivier Nijs in search of 
emptiness in sound and location. A reaction to the overkill of sensorial 
information in a digital era. Seeking for tension in minimal recordings 
which are made mainly in natural environments where human intervention 
is pushed to the background so the whole spectrum of big and small 
sounds are available to the listener. One goal is to create a situation 
or opportunity in which these big and small sounds seem to interact with 
each other. Another important aspect of the recordings is that there 
will be almost no editing. The right time and place under the right 
weather conditions.

There was never a pre-organised plan of the sound sources present to 
interfere as they do during the recording process. By recording this 
situation these sources will melt together as a whole and become the 
composition in which the audience will try to find some sort of 
structure or aesthetic value. The chance that a bird will react to a car 
passing by or a farmer harvesting crops is very low. Or the other way 
around. This car will hardly ever react to a swarm of insects. None of 
the sounds present in the recordings are meant by their producers to 
take part in an artistic composition. They become this composition by 
being recorded and played back in a situation where there is a listener 
who sits down and listens to it. While he’s not being distracted by the 
visual/physical context of the origin of the sounds.
The duration and emptiness in the recordings make it possible for the 
listener to wander off in his or her own thoughts. Most of the time the 
concentration for the work seems to have some sort of waveform like 
cadence. The work comes and goes. A moment for reflection.

Each separate recording in the project lasts approximately two hours. 
This duration is derived from the authors own experience in listening. 
They are not meant to be listened to as a whole. When you’re ready 
you’re ready. They are presented to the audience as an opportunity to 
spend your precious time in a meaningful way, in a context where time is 
against you and nobody frees up time to do nothing.

 >>>>Free Download Format: ISO file (surround)

All audio material for this project are intended to be listened to in a 
surround sound setup. The stereo version is provided for compatibility 
In order to playback the ISO file you need to burn this file to a DVD. 
Most DVD burn software is able to burn image files. If not, check out 
the freeware application Imgburn (www.imgburn.com). This DTS encoded DVD 
does not contain any visual information and will start to play 

 >>>>About the artist:

Field Recording Series by Gruenrekorder
Gruenrekorder / Germany / 2008 / Gruen 061 / LC 09488

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence

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