03 November 2011

Craig Colorusso - sun boxes 7inch (2011)

Sun Boxes in an installation, created by Craig Colorusso, of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels, each one plays repeatedly a different guitar note loop of a definite length. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord.

The result is particularly appeasing, warm and soothing, bringing to mind some works by William Basinski or The Stars of the Lid, but in an even more minimalist form. Another point of comparison would be the installation of CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot with birds on electric guitar but the final realization of Sun Boxes is much more "musical", fulfilling and inspiring.

There are two tracks on this 7inch.  “Grassy Field” has been recorded at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA in September 2010 and “Frozen Pond” at Long Pond, Plymouth MA in 2011. Both have been recorded by Kevin Belli,

I presume it is certainly better to enjoy the installation in real conditions, moving through speakers under sunlight, following the changes on a three dimensional personal path and breathing in the real atmosphere of the setting. Here the content is mostly a selection choice mixed with field recordings of the moments, not much external sounds on the slower "Frozen Pond" - distant birds and low-pitched cracklings of the ice -,  but cicadas, birds and the sound of wind on the more vibrant "Grassy Field".

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