Travelogue: Nepal by CM von Hausswolff & Chandra Shukla - Touch [TO118] FLAC download included with physical items

Travelogue: Nepal

A 4 track ambient album (55m 2s) — released August 13th 2021 on Touch

Travelogue [Nepal] is the first in a series of collected international audio diaries. The premise is quite simple: the two galavant the globe with field-, EVP- and phone recorders and other devices where they record the essence of everything from the tiniest microcosms of nature on up to the polluted, diesel–fuelled roars of postmodern globalization. What surfaced are soundtracks that act as sonic documentaries of their travels.

In September 2019, CM von Hausswolff and Chandra Shukla met in Kathmandu, Nepal, over the course of 7 days. Recordings were made at the Bagh Bhairav Temple and Chilancho Stupa (Kirtipur), Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Shri Pashupatinath Temple (Kathmandu) and at The World Peace Pagoda, The Shiva Cave, Devi Falls and Phewa Tal Lake (Pokhara).

Chandra Shukla is a multi-instrumentalist musician specializing in found sound, synthesis, guitars, tablas and sitar with a heavy dose of processing and effects. His main project XAMBUCA appears to be mostly electronic, yet actually includes varying degrees in the aforementioned pedigree of instrumentation. As a solo artist, his goal is to achieve through listening more and playing less.

Carl Michael von Hausswolff is a composer, visual artist and curator that has always hailed from Stockholm, Sweden with recordings dating back to the late 1970s. His main tools are recording devices (camera, tape deck, radar, sonar, evp machines) used in an ongoing investigation of electricity, frequency, architectural space, and paranormal electronic interference. His range of creative integrity knows no bounds while his lists of works in all areas of art continues to lengthen; whether solo, collaborative, installed, curated, live or recorded.

Travelogue (Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Chandra Shukla) is a project with an intended investigation into the present moment: Irrespective of locale, political borders and time elapsing at its slowest whilst documenting happenstance, the accidental and that which is unpredictably serendipitous. Travelogue is truly a sonic travel diary when the handheld recorder was left on where the sun never sets.

they document a spectra of sounds, from the infrasonic to birdsong, amplifying and layering the inaudible to become tangibly present but hauntingly elusive at the same time. - Editor Boomkat

The resulting soundscape could have no better fitting home than the Touch label, well-respected for their catalog including ‘pure’ environmental recordings as well as experimental electronic music. Ánd the combination of the two of course, such as in this case. - Peter Ambientblog

an impression of real music, meditative, beautiful and carefully produced. The sound of the album is very rich, full of micro and macro sounds, natural noises and deep atmospheres. This work is the first in a series of collected international audio diaries and, I hope, one of many. - Ilya datawave

Night tracks air play - Hannah Peel BBC Radio 3

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