Maelstrom, 2008

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Multi-channel audio work encoded for 47 channel The Morning Line Sound System
30 min
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary 

Maelstrom is a multi-channel soundscape that, following on the heels of Ranaldo's 2005 DRIFT project in collaboration with Leah Singer, utilizes elements extracted from that work to create a wholly new piece. Ranaldo has taken some sonic details - tonal clusters created with electric guitar - from that project and used them as the basis for a sprawling, seemingly static state of guitar bedevilment. While there are many subtle shifts going on within the sound field, the overall effect is meant to be a rather sustained, monolithic sonic cloud - indeed, a maelstrom - real brain-eraser type stuff to erect a series of loud chambers within "The Morning Line", within which one might think silent thoughts.

* 1956 New York, USA | Living and working in New York, USA
Lee Ranaldo - Maelstrom for The Morning Line, 2008