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Arszyn_Emigrant (Amplificador 2 & 3)

– urban sound intervention 7-9 December 2007, former Brewery in Gdansk

– radio stroll , Radio Gdansk 103,7 Mhz

– soundsacpe composition, concert, cdr by Sqrt + Plg


All started with the idea of exploring the sonic layer of the immigrants’ language. The language is alive, but how to record it? It’s hidden, intimate, or it’s the language of profession. I didn’t spend much time in London. Some time ago I stayed there as long as half a year. Somewhere deep inside I was feeling the urge to visit the city once again. Some day I will go there again – that’s for sure. The technology, the organization, the noise and the center of the modern world. I was recording the soundscape of London, looking for hidden sounds and registering the overwhelming noise of a vibrant life in a big city. I was meeting Polish immigrants who lived there and I was recording their stories. I was asking them how they see the city and themselves, what their lives look like. I became a listener of the audiosphere and a sound explorer.

This CD is the sound documentation of the project „ARSZYN_EMIGRANT”, amplificador [0.0], [0.2],[0.3]

Realization of the Emigrant Project: Arszyn and Pracownia Ludzie Gdańsk
Cooperation: Stowarzyszenie Kultura Miejska, Marek Dybuść, Zambari, sqrt

The album is published as a cooperation of sqrt and Plg rec.

The project was possible thanks to the financial help of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

cover photos by Arszyn, cover design by Łukasz Ciszak


„Recordings of Polish émigrés in London mixed with frayed, dirty electronic emanations. That’s exactly what this CD encloses: no actual music, just crackle, filter-based aural defacement, subsonic pounding, urban bedlam and chatter by an entire lot of different people. The author wanted to report about “the overwhelming noise of a vibrant life in a big city” and, in that sense, succeeded. Everything you want to hear is there: cars, voices, TV excerpts (maybe), the surrounding din, whatever. Then the interviewees start narrating their stories – mostly in Polish language of course, therefore incomprehensible for yours truly – and the whole becomes an audio documentary of sorts. Well recorded, harmonious in a way (I always tend to consider unfamiliar foreign idioms as music when listening to them), actually being nothing more than a curiosity – but it sounds good. Merged with the summer cicadas chanting outside my window, pleasing at times. Halfway through musique concrete and post-industrial, there are worse things around. This can stay”.



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