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Erik Wøllo — Winter Tide - Live at Soundquest Fest 2021
(Projekt no#, 2021, DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2021-09-03
Soundquest Fest 2021 was a three day music festival in Tucson, Arizona hosted by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach; featuring artists from the United States and Europe, it ran from March 26th through 28th. The event consisted of streamed live performances, interviews, videos, and deep immersion zones that ran continuously over the three day event. During the event, needless to say, my eyes and ears were glued to my computer every waking minute — there was always something going on that one wouldn’t want to miss. Needless to say, Wøllo’s set was among the many memorable performances of that weekend, an hour of continuous sound that he produced using electric guitars, synths, loops, and effects. Within a few days most of the performances of that weekend were available to watch again on YouTube, including Wøllo’s, which was written at his remote cabin in the far north of Norway, and streamed into Tucson during the event. The video of his performance is still available on YouTube as of this writing, but Winter Tide is the audio document of that performance, downloadable from Projekt’s Bandcamp site. The piece’s mood shifts and morphs over its one-hour duration, so it is presented twice: once in a suite of eight separate movements that correspond to the primary shifts in Wøllo’s composition, and again following that as a full one hour continuum with no gaps. Of course those who have well-behaved MP3 players will hear the entire performance twice, which one will probably want anyway. At this point it doesn’t look like there are any plans to release it on CD, but with the name-your-price download, for a few dollars one can get a full hour of Wøllo’s powerful celestial music that isn’t available on any of his other recordings.
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