New album from Tom Arthurs and Isambard Khroustaliov under the guise ‘Augmented Nature’, documenting a four-part surround-sound live performance on the island of Ufenau, in the lake of Zürich (Switzerland), that took place in July 2022.
The residency and performance were commissioned by the annual festival Musiksommer am Zürichsee (curated by Manuel Bärtsch), and culminated in an immersive concert in the island’s exquisite 12th-century St.Martin’s chapel.
Tom and Isambard collected field recordings in the church, on the island and in its surroundings, using a variety of conventional microphones and hydrophones, and microscopically documented the island’s environment, wildlife and uniquely delightful inner life.
These materials were then lovingly sculpted and edited, in order to be used as a foundation for performance and instant composition, creating a hyper-realistic multichannel installation that provides the perfect foundation for exploration and dialogue with the crystal-clear, meditative and deeply sensitive trumpet playing of Tom Arthurs.
Since their first remix, a breakbeat builder recorded down to MiniDisk in a bedroom in the early hours of the morning, 1999, Icarus have fostered a passion for playful destruction and reimagining of friends’ and fellow musicians’ work. The UK duo have cast their production aesthetic over an impressive array of contemporary artists, in an increasingly collaborative and bitesized music scene. This complete collection includes remixes of Four Tet, Caribou, Murcof, Eclectic Method featuring Chuck D, Lunz, The Creatures and Badun. Catchy hooks succumb to Icarus’ signature revelry, are recast as shimmering blasts of noise that embark on musical journeys with no clear end in sight. Melodies played at hyperspeed, breakbeats warped and pitchshifted, tempos harmoincally scaled, all unfolding in reverse chronological order in this mix … enjoy!