WAITING. (KLF BIOG 010.)- Library of Mu

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Title: WAITING. (KLF BIOG 010.)
Date: 1990-10-00
Journal: -
Author: KLF Communications
Type of resource: Official
Status: text
No. views: 2636
Description: Waiting video details. Also included Completist list.


By KLF Communications (1990-10-00, -)

A meditation on the qualities of Waiting, or "This is not The White Room".

"Waiting" is a forty minute impression of The KLF's eight day visit to the Isle of Jura off the West Coast of Scotland in Spring 1990.

The KLF's original plan on visiting Jura was to take their mobile studio "Trancentral" and record an album entitled "Gate". It was to be a minimalist techno record, but the power of the land, sea and sky scapes of Jura and the almost dream-like quality of the light put an end to any thoughts of making music more suited to inner city night life.

Instead they spent their time waiting. Waiting for the tide to turn on the almost motionless sea. Waiting for the sun to sink beyond the mountains of the Western Isles. Waiting for the stars to stud the darkening sky. Waiting for the dawn to creep in from the East. But maybe more importantly, waiting as emotions within themselves shifted and changed, stirred and settled. Along with this poetic stuff they continued to wait for all the trivial things in life that we seem to spend so much of life waiting for; kettles to boil, phones to ring, baths to run, moods to pass, something to happen, or at least some sort of explanation.

While waiting for this "explanation" The KLF took their equipment up onto the moors. Using a small diesel powered generator for power, they proceeded to "interact with the environment". First recording the sounds around them (wind, birds, cattle, the generator). Then with chunks of pre-recorded music and segments of their own compositions they used their method of "composing, compiling and collating" these different sounds, carefully building a complete and original work. This was then projected back out over the moors and across the island.

Once bored with this they returned back down to the coast and once again set up their equipment, this time on the sea's very edge, and spent several hours sending "sonic sculptures" across the sea, until the advancing tide necessitated the end.

If analogies are to be drawn, "Waiting" is more like a 19th Century watercolour painter's sketchbook full of free form washes, than a Renaissance artist's commissioned masterwork.

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Posted by Guest on 2012-06-16 02:39:22

You can still get used copies of this on Amazon.co.uk

Posted by Guest on 2013-07-08 10:51:47

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