Joshua Bonnetta; LagoShelter Press
SHELTER 069 LP
Long Playing Record
Lago is an LP recording created in dialogue with the photobook of the same title by American photographer Ron Jude, published by MACK (UK) in September 2015. The two compositions revisit the sites of Jude's initial photographs in and around the Salton Sea in the Southern California desert, and use site-specific field recordings and analog processing to craft an aural counterpoint to the photographs themselves and the photographic process. Contact microphones and hydrophones were used to gather sounds from flora, desert refuse, architectural ruins, and the Salton Sea itself to create an expanded study of the acoustic ecology of the area.
The work weaves together location recordings and interviews to construct an acoustic portrait of the desert that is steeped in intimations of narrative dealing with loss, history, and a landscape haunted by a specter in darkness. Lago is an attempt to enter into the perceptual horizons of the desert while also engaging a past that shapes the encounter.