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Kyriakides, Yannis – “Resorts and Ruins” – [Unsounds]

surferrosa   5/1/2013   A Library, CD

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Yannis Kyriakides takes you on a walk through sonic debris with these five pieces, all originally commissioned as sound installations. The sounds here are eerie, for a patient ear, with aching moments of silence that will make you very uncomfortable. These pieces (namely the 30 minute long track Varosha) are inspired by the ruins of a landscape once lavish and bustling. Varosha, located in Northern Cypris, was once a popular vacation destination, full of music, resorts and tourists. The place was abandoned in summer of 1974 during the Turkish invasion and has been left just as it was since then, an abandoned ghost town. Imagine buildings collapsing, beyond repair,extravagant resorts crumbling to waste..echoes and remnants of parties or busy crowds. Electronic sounds of decay and deconstruction. Ghostly resonances. Varousha (2) exemplifies this, with samples of Turkish pop tunes chiming in every two and half minutes or so.. a woman’s voice, sounding almost programmed, saying lonely words. This voice appears on all tracks, opening and closing moments of discomfort on the Covertures (1, 3, 5) which flux from very quite to quite loud. On track 4 this voice is accompanying broken, disintegrating pop tunes and crinkly cracklies. Field recordings, founds sounds, piercing frequencies..Soundscapes of a forgotten place to intrigue your ear and give you goosebumps. -Surfer Rosa

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