The negative space, the ambience, or simply said the very surrounding of a busker’s routine captured by a pair of microphones is both the method of and what you hear on ‘Tunnel’. The three components – the underground, the passersby and the melodica player – form an ambient portrait, manifesting itself as a free play of social and aesthetic hierarchies.
One part of it is the unintended listener, trapped in the bardo (intermediate state) of travel, with one way in and one way out. The other part is the constanta-like presence of the street artist; although perceived as an object himself, he’s the one with an overview of what is happening. One can tell it by his gaze and body posture. But even the artist’s presence is relative in it’s scope. The tunnel regulates itself day and night, effortlessly and without judgement.
Performed by Savva Terentyev
Produced / Liner notes by Artjom Astrov
Transcribed notation by
Terentyev Music Publishing
Recorded in December 2015
Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia
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