“The sensation of placeness can come from a feeling of clarity as well as from a sense of mystery, from restraint or experiential abundance, regularity or spontaneity. A place has boundaries, size and scale, but it can be immense, such as a continent or country, large, as a city or an urban square or boulevard, small, as one’s home or individual room, or intimate, as one’s favorite seat in a café”. Understanding Architecture, Robert McCarter, Juhani Pallasmaa
Vilde&Inga – How Forests Think (SOFA584) is the third album of this extraordinary duo. The album explores four completely different places in the Oslo area, letting the acoustic conditions and the poetic meanings of each place become an essential part of the music making. The pieces stem from recordings in Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum, the Newtone studio, by a lake in the forest outside of Oslo and at the harbour in the city center of Oslo. This double album is a deep and beautiful journey into a new chapter in Vilde&Inga’s search for undiscovered relations between sound and spaces in their music. SOFA MUSIC is very proud of this work and it comes highly recommended.
How Forests Think has been produced in close collaboration with the French sound artist and sound technician Benjamin Maumus, who recorded the album and actively contributed in discovering ways to incorporate and emphasize the peculiarities of each space in relation to the music.
“Whatever is true for space and time, this much is true for place: we are immersed in it and could not do without it. To be at all - to exist in any way - is to be somewhere, and to be somewhere is to be in some kind of place. Place is as requisite as the air we breathe, the ground on which we stand, the bodies we have. We are surrounded by places. We walk over and through them. We live in places, relate to others in them, die in them. Nothing we do is unplaces”.
Edward S. Casey