Multidisciplinary artist and doctoral researcher Sophia Loizou's latest work comes in the form of 'Untold': a series of ambient compositions that explore the different elements of Earth's relationships with non-human forces and forms.
Through these sonic landscapes she seeks to capture the relationship between the natural and the technological; leaving her own structural and compositional approach at the door, and instead finding ways to utilise sounds and field recordings as control sources and signals to shape each piece of music.
Marking her third full length record, following outings on Astro:Dynamics, Kathexis and Cosmo Rhythmatic, 'Untold' sees Loizou dive further into her passion for the ecological, matching this with her ongoing work in the realm of contemporary electronic music.
In today's playlist she charts several pieces of music that helps her to connect with the natural world around her...
The theme ‘In the greenhouse’ stood out to me as being about the earth, about being profoundly enmeshed and entangled with all other life on the planet. Each piece that I’ve chosen creates a deep sense of immersion, which I find enables me to feel these non-human connections more vividly - encouraging me to let the outside in.
Hildegard Westerkamp - Beneath The Forest Floor
I first heard this piece in the late 1990’s and it has been one of my favorite soundscape compositions since. The work was created using recordings taken from old growth forests on British Columbia's west coast, which is home to some of the worlds largest and oldest spruce trees. Through creating this piece Westerkamp hoped to raise awareness of the importance of these old growth forests and to help to protect them from clear cut logging, a practice that has created vast ‘dead zones’ that emit significant greenhouse gases from decomposing matter and soil. To me the piece really amplifies the sentience of the forest, not just in what is heard above the ground but also what lies below. The roots and branches of these old and enormous trees stretch out far and deep, both spatially and temporally. I find that listening to this work really amplifies the vastness of the spectrum of the living, and the need to respect these other forms of life as sentient beings. The movement between interior and exterior space highlights the known and the withdrawn aspects of the forest, whose communications may not be accessible due to my own human sensorial limitations.