LUDWIG BERGER

CUYO (Soundscape Composition, 2013)

Steppes, deserts, and high mountains dominate the region of Cuyo in west Argentina. The fragile water infrastructure forms an audible contrast in this barren landscape, creating fertile valleys and oases, rich with vegetation. The condensed soundscape moves between these extremes of "naturally dry" and "artificially wet". The silent landscape elements were articulated through improvisation on site: hunks of earth fly through canyons, ebbing water crackles across salt deserts, small wood chips fall on cactuses, sand trickles down heaps of metal. All composed sounds are unprocessed (except gentle equalization).

Winning piece of the 14th Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva 2013.