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HARRY BERTOIA

Sonambient

third man



limited boxset: 11 x lp in tip-on jackets + 80pp book, housed in deluxe metallic cardstock box

Released: 10th Dec 2021

£231.99


collected together for the first time ever, this boxset features all 11 of Bertoia’s original records newly restored from their master tapes and housed in replica jackets.

A deluxe box, printed with metallic inks and tip-on style print assembly, holds the 11 discs as well as a 80 page book containing a lengthy historic essay, Smithsonian interview with Harry Bertoia, exclusive Sonambient era material from the Bertoia archive, modern and archival photos of the Bertoia barn as well as reflections on Bertoia from various contributors. Beginning in the 1950’s, renowned sculptor Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) created the term Sonambient to describe the sound and environment created by his beautiful metal sculptures which, when activated, created shimmering ambient drones and lush harmonic overtones. He curated a massive selection of his sculptures and gongs resulting in a harmonious orchestra of his metal works and recorded these sound experiments late into the night. Bertoia dedicated the last twenty years of his life to his sound work and in 1970 he released the first Sonambient LP. In 1978, in the final months of his life, he selected tapes from his archive and produced 10 more records but wouldn't live long enough to see them through production, but they became legendary releases (and quite valuable) in the art/audio world.

Sonambient

Tracklist

  1. Space Voyage
  2. Echoes of Other Times
  3. Swift Sounds
  4. Phosphorescence
  5. Unfolding
  6. Sounds Beyond
  7. Gong Gong
  8. Elemental
  9. All And More
  10. Passage
  11. Energyzing
  12. Mellow Tops
  13. Continuum
  14. Near And Far
  15. Swinging Bars
  16. Vulcan’s Play
  17. Ocean Mysteries
  18. Softly Played
  19. Here And Now
  20. Unknown
  21. Bellissima Bellissima Bellissima
  22. Nova