Geir Jenssen – Stromboli

Geir Jenssen - Stromboli

CD – Touch / Tone 48

Many of our readers will remember Geir Jenssen as the experimenter beneath the Biosphere moniker. Considered one of ambient techno music’s main representatives, he has since shifted towards more rarefied and abstract elaborations. Stromboli is a ten-minute field recording captured in 2012 at the volcano of the same name, located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, 924 meters above sea level. The work presents the activity of this complex geological structure after a large eruption in 2009, which reawakened media interest in volcanic activity. Documentary audio from Stromboli cannot be an impersonal capture: the symbolic references to this special “locus” are too many (mythological, literary, theoretical and/or imaginary). Jenssen ventured onto the black slopes of the volcano with his Fostex FR-2LE, an Audio-Technica AT835ST microphone and a Canon digital camera. The field recording reports a number of intermittent and medium energy explosions. The work is an interesting and continuous sound flow, filled with casual blasts, organic natural audio emergencies, accidental textures, sad swishes and dense spouts. Jenssen has created a narration of a hypervivid primordial amalgam, one that underwent slight manipulation on the B-side. This was called the “dub” version, an ironic reference to the “mainstream” electronic past of the author.

Geir Jenssen – Stromboli