The soundtrack of an interactive project around phantom islands—islands that
appeared on historical maps but never actually existed. A collection of
fictitious soundscapes, between field recording and exotica music.
Faitiche presents a new album by Andrew Pekler: Sounds From Phantom
Islands brings together ten tracks created over the last three years
for the interactive website Phantom Islands – A Sonic Atlas. With
his 2016 album Tristes Tropiques, Pekler created a highly unique
cosmos of ethnographic sound speculations. Sounds From Phantom Islands
continues and simultaneously expands this concept: finely elaborated chordal
motifs float like fog over fictional maritime landscapes. A masterpiece of
Phantom islands are islands that appeared on historical maps but never
actually existed. The status of these artefacts of European colonial
expansion from the 15th to the 19th century oscillates between cartographic
fact and maritime fiction. Sounds From Phantom Islands interprets
and presents these imaginations as a quasi-ethnographic catalog of music and
synthetic field recordings. The pieces on this album are based on recordings
made for Phantom Islands – A Sonic Atlas, an online interactive
map developed with cultural anthropologist Stefanie Kiwi Menrath.
Andrew Pekler (born in 1973 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, lives and works in
Berlin) is a sound artist whose experimental practice relies on the use of
recontextualized samples and archives.