Wetlands Greek-based sound artist Savvas Metaxas has created for Galaverna a work built on a geographical sonic journey without cartographical references. “Wetlands” is a piece that brings together different elements, from border crossing to an acoustic dérive into fascinating spaces. “One of the things that interested me a lot the last few years is the geographical landscape and morphology that surrounds the city of Thessaloniki”, writes in his release notes Metaxas, that invites the listeners to experience a complex soundscape made of different nuances and layers, deepening into a sonic microcosm full of resonances and reverberations of memories. In this context, architectures, objects and spaces are crossed by our listening trajectories, through which we can interrogate the archive of landscape, of hidden narrations and histories, opening the sonic environment to new and unexpected meanings. Metaxas drives us in this captivating and critical experience with a delicate and touching approach, making sound once again as a powerful and charming element to explore the world in which we are immersed.
Note from the artist One of the things that interested me a lot in the recents years is the geographical landscape and morphology that surround the city of Thessaloniki. The city is located in the gulf of Thermaikos, where the North Aegean sea stops and the Balkans begin. The city limits from west, east, south and north have in common areas with large reserves of water.
The west end of the city meets the Delta area of four rivers that creates vast wetlands and lagoons; in the east there are areas with salt marshes, swamps and rocky coastlines. Two lakes are located at the north exit of the city and in the south lies the vast exit to the open sea.
The focus on this release is the sounds I have collected during my various visits to these areas.
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The Italian digital music label run by Enrico Coniglio and Leandro Pisano sound artists release only a work per season. This is the case of Greek sound artist Savvas Metaxas who fore into the geographical landscape and morphology that surrounds the city of Thessaloniki, the second city of Greece and an important port in the North of the Aegean Sea. 'Wetlands', which is a single 19-minute track only, focuses on the soundscape of the Thessaloniki harbor with movements of water, seagulls and bird songs, noise of motor engines, the blow of blunt objects, the sound of the rain and voices. All this processed, so in certain segments of this piece it is not easy to detect which is the sound source. These field recordings are the sound source of what could be a film document. Interesting!