“Flickering clouds of harpsichord become a distorted haze”

Matthew Wright’s Cold Highlife

For his second release on Ensemble Klang Records (EKR08), Matthew Wright brings together three works, geographically distinct, each hewn from a bold sonic palette of colliding forces: “The bright energy of Ghanaian Highlife music is dragged into a slowly melting Arctic soundscape. Flickering clouds of harpsichord become a distorted haze. Pulses in disagreement create a crackling rhythmic sculpture.”

Here he gathers photographs and texts relating to the three works.

Malmo, Sweden (Nov 2014)

Cold Highlife

 

a huge, bright white expanse

frozen surface as far as the ear can hear

beneath the surface: icicles of once warm music

a sudden commitment to survival

a climb

a view

 

melting

 


 

Mexico City (May 2015)

Fast Gold Butterflies

 

made of shimmering wings

distortion becomes clarity

ears reading between lines

pressure becomes release

diagonal listening

a cloud of flickering gold

 

 


 

Sydney, Australia (Dec 2012)

Totem for Sydney

Kurrajong
Cattai
Boorooberongal
Bidjigal
Toogagal
Gomerrigal
Cannemegal
Mulgoa
Bool-Bain-Ora
Cabrogal
Muringong
Carigal
Cannalgal
Borogegal
Kayimai
Terramerragal
Cammeraigal
Gorualgal
Birrabirragal
Cadigal
Burramattagal
Wallumattagal
Wangal
Muru-Ora-Dial
Kameygal
Bediagal
Gweagal
Tagary
Norongerragal

 


 

All texts and photos by Matthew Wright, apart from the text for Totem for Sydney, which is based on a map by J Goodrum in Mulvaney, D J and White, Peter, 1987, Australians to 1788, Fairfax, Syme & Weldon, Sydney, p. 345 and sourced at http://www.sydneybarani.com.au/sites/aboriginal-people-and-place/