Lopez Island

by Francisco López

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drone2805 I land on this small river island at the end of the day as it begins to rain. Soaked, I make a fire under an old abandoned shelter. And hypnotized by the crackling and roaring of the flames, I slip into this space without time or place. Suddenly, I woke up trembling in a deadly silence, while my own vulnerability suggested me to jump at the slightest sudden sound. The change of direction of the wind brings to my ears the rumors of the road not far. Yes, I'll be watchful all the night...
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Lopez Island 51:18


Elevator Bath is immensely proud to present this exquisite work from one of the major figures of contemporary experimental music. "Lopez Island" was crafted from original environmental sound matter recorded in Lopez Island during the winter of 1999-2000. The resulting composition is 51 minutes of both delicate minutiae as well as startling power - crackling, howling, and haunting. The small island in Washington state provided the beautiful, isolated terrain for López' gathering of raw sounds and, as a personal audio document (though clearly beyond mere documentary), the landscape has been expertly translated.
A quintessentially chilling interpretation of the winter beach, "Lopez Island" is a worthy addition to López' exemplary body of absolute concrete music and, indeed, one of his finest works to date.

The physical version of "Lopez Island" was originally issued by Elevator Bath as a compact disc and is available here: www.elevatorbath.com


released February 6, 2007


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