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Lago (vinyl LP)

Joshua Bonnetta - Lago (vinyl LP)
An acoustic portrait of the Salton Sea in the Southern California desert developed as part of a joint project by Bonnetta and photographer Ron Jude.
Lago is an LP recording created in dialogue with the photobook (of the same title) by American photographer Ron Jude, published by MACK (UK).
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 analogue 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 alongside 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 spectre in darkness. Lago is an attempt to enter into the perceptual horizons of the desert whilst also engaging a past that shapes the encounter.
Joshua Bonnetta (born 1979) was raised between Mazinaw (Bon Echo) Lake and Leskard, Canada. He is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation working between Ithaca and Brooklyn, NY. His work explores how history, technology and lived experience shape the phenomenological encounter of place and the role that projection plays in the perception of cinema and environment.
His work has exhibited at The Berlinale, The Toronto International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, The Images Festival, Mutek International Festival of Electronic Music, European Media Arts Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival amongst others. In 2009 he won the National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Emerging Canadian Film / Video artist from the Images Festival.
He holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from York University in Toronto and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal.
He is an Assistant Professor in the department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College in New York state where he teaches Film, Video and Sound Art.
Mastered by Mike Grinser at D+M.

Photographs by Ron Jude.

Graphic design: Bartolomé Sanson.
published in January 2016
160gr vinyl, uncoated sleeve, uncoated inner sleeve
2 tracks (44')
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Lago (vinyl LP)
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