Philip Samartzis “Current” CD




This CD contains two long pieces based on field recordings of different large scale industrial locations in Samartzis’ regional Victoria. ‘Flow’ (commissioned by Frequency Oz for the Transmuted Signal series broadcast on Kunstradio ÖRF) follows the journey of water to create hydroelectricity in the Kiewa hydro scheme in the High Country, ranging from rushing water to mechanical bump-and-grind, to blips and and white noise. ‘Extraction’ travels to the brown coal mines and power stations of the La Trobe Valley for its sound sources, with German artist Michael Vorfeld improvising over Samartzis’ recordings with light bulbs that trigger different sonic outcomes according to light intensity.