subterranean (Audio)

Nov 01, 2021
Created by Shanna Sordahl (2020). Introduced by Andy Stuhl.

In 2020, members of the CO-OPt gallery in Lubbock, Texas installed a hyperlocal FM station that broadcast to an area extending just into the gallery’s parking lot and the street in front of it. Sordahl, an experimental cellist, was one of several artists from whom the CO-OPt collective, via member and musician Andrew Weathers, commissioned original transmission works to air on the micro-FM station. The COVID-19 pandemic had spurred CO-OPt’s use of radio, and it also shaped the circumstances for Sordahl’s creation: facing a sudden international move and a long period of separation from much of her gear, Sordahl began immersing herself and her cello in a minimalist and feedback-heavy system. The resulting bassy drone offers up the same kind of physical wave interactions that one can experience moving through a low power FM signal, and with it the same feeling of immersion as antidote to the many forms of displacement the pandemic brought on. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2021/2022, Andy Stuhl.