On Documenta 14 The new “minimal symphony of ambient sounds” by Alvin Curran
The Irrawaddy Blues is a minimal symphony of ambient sounds recorded in Myanmar in 2014/2015 and 2016. Travelling as a tourist with his wife from the northern lakes to Bagan and Mandalay, down the Irrawaddy to Yangon and then making trips to remote islands in the Andaman Sea, Alvin Curran found rich and distinctive sounds everywhere. The composed radio piece is a very personal sound-portrait of Myanmar, which simply lets the sounds “speak” for themselves.
Many thanks to Susan Levenstein for her recordings of coral-feeding fish and Angelo-Maria Farro for his fine audio mastering.