dada, gabsus

by Jonathan Higgins

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dada, gabsus

The same 24 minute soundwalk around the indigenous Kuna community of Armila, Panama, was recorded 24 times, once each hour of the day. This has been edited together into a sonic time-lapse taking the listener through a day-night cycle every 24 minutes. Completely different sonic environments exist all over Armila, often mere metres apart: the still of the jungle at night, the roaring sea, children laughing, the hum of petrol generators and the booms of Reggaeton all permeate every day life. The sped up time frame of the piece is designed to warp perspective; rather than being viewed as an exercise in acoustic ecology, dada, gabsus can be understood as a personal response to the vast, often overwhelming sound world of Armila.

dada, gabsus was recorded using binaural microphones and as such is designed to be played back on headphones.

Bonus tracks:
i. Never Give Up (Soundtrack)

Soundtrack to Never Give Up, a film by Australian artist Kevina-Jo Smith based on a Kuna story of the turtle goddess who watches over the people and nature of Kuna Yala. Using this narrative the film seeks to highlight the impact of golobal plastic pollution on the indigenous community of Kuna Yala. This electroacoustic soundtrack was composed from various sounds recorded on location in Armilla.

ii. dada, gabsus (remix)
Recording of dada, gabsus and other recordings from Armila reimagined utilising circuit bent CD players.


released July 26, 2018

All sounds originally recorded in Armilla, Panama whilst on residency with La Wayaka Current.


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Music made by breaking things and trying to put them back together.

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