Latitudes

© Richard Youell

Latitudes is a project where I combine sounds I recorded from all over the world. At the moment, the bulk of the recordings are coming from the Sonic Mmabolela residency I did in South-Africa with Francisco López and the Wildeye residency I did in Iceland with Chris Watson and Jez Riley French. These recordings from the the northern tundra climate of Iceland and the subtropical climate of South Africa form the overall structure, but I also use recordings from other places. At present point, Latitudes also comprises recordings made in, amongst others, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Gabon, and Romania.

With these sounds I develop compositions and live sets where I explore the sonic material, creating new sonic structures juxtaposing the sounds, or melting them together.

The first Latitudes composition was commissioned by Musica for their Radio Forest installation. During a residency of two weeks in the installation I composed Latitudes - Radio Forest, tailored to the specific architecture of the installation. The soundtrack is now part of their permanent collection of soundscapes.

With the field recordings gathered in the frame of Latitudes I also play live sets. These sets are tailored to the occasion. Below you can hear one of these. It's a set I played at Radio Panik for Suzy Vincens' Ver(s)ions project, where I interpreted one of her graphical scores using the field recordings from Latitudes.


In October 2017 I released my first album to come out of the Latitudes series, Latitudes - September 2016. It was released on the Belgian label Silken Tofu.



Latitudes  is supported by the Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek. The overal research, the Iceland residency and the Gabon recording trip were made possible by support of the Flemish Community. I would like to thank the following people for helping me along the way: Gilles Helsen, Paul Craenen, Ellen De Bruyne, Chris Watson, Francisco López, Jez Riley French, Jana Winderen, B. J. Nilsen, George Vlad, Stefan Taylor, and the participants of Sonic Mmabolela 2013 and 2017, and the Wildeye 2015 residencies.