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The multi-channel sound installation Lago was produced in dialogue with the photobook of the same title by the American photographer Ron Jude. It is comprised of two musique concrète compositions constructed from site-specific field recordings from the sites of Jude’s initial photographs in and around the Salton Sea in the Southern California Sonoran Desert. 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 Sonoran Desert. The materials were later processed and reworked with analogue tape to reveal hidden sounds and patterns within initial materials.
The compositions weave together site-specific recordings with interviews to construct an acoustic portrait of the desert that is steeped in intimations of narrative. Lago is an attempt to document the perceptual encounter of the desert while engaging a past that shapes the encounter.
Joshua Bonnetta, born in 1979 in Canada, is an artist based in New York City who works with 16mm analogue film and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation. He is Associate Professor at Ithaca College where he teaches Film & Video Art and Sound Art.
Production: Joshua Bonnetta, New York
Format: Sound installation
Running time: 44 min
Photo: © Ron Jude