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this edition of framework:afield is the 3rd in a series of 4 entitled amazonia revisited, airing over the second half of 2023. this episode has been produced in brazil by rodrigo ramos and is entitled the strong wind will blow our houses down – kéro, kéro, kéro. for more info see amazoniarevisited.com. producer’s notes:
These radio programs emerged as the fruit of the creative residency that brought together four sound artists – Thelmo Cristovam (BR), EdBrass (BR), Rodrigo Ramos (BR) and Dave Phillips (Switzerland), from the sound material captured in 2006 by Thelmo Cristovam and in 2011 by Dave Phillips, both in the Amazon rainforest. The sound records of 2006, digitized and restored in the first phase of this project by Thelmo Cristovam, now resurface revisited and reimagined in the creation of the pieces in this series.
Program 3: The strong wind will blow our houses down & kéro, kéro, kéro (quickly, quickly, quickly) – by Rodrigo Ramos
The radio pieces made by the sound artist Rodrigo Ramos during the artist residency of the project Amazonia Revisited, uses the field recordings of Thelmo Cristovam in 2006 in the surroundings of Lake Mamori, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, and the material of Dave Phillips, collected in Challua Cocha, Rio Napo and Yasuni National Park, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in 2011.
From the artistic encounter result two 27 min works, the first: The strong wind will blow our houses down, arises from the issue of devastation of the Amazon. Mixing sounds of soundscapes (which probably no longer exist as they were at the time of capture, because of deforestation), with some lines of Cacique Raoni Metuktire, one of the main and oldest indigenous leaders, the piece sounds like a warning of what will be lost if we do not change the predatory conception of the world.
The second piece, kéro, kéro, kéro (fast, fast, fast) seeks an immersion in the forest soundscape, appreciating timbres and rhythms that multiply in the forest. Revisiting and incorporating other Amazonian sound material, I use the recordings made for the Ethno-Linguistic-Musical Record of the Tribes of the Uaupés, Içana & Cauaburia Rivers in 1961. The piece incorporates the Yapurutús flutes, used by the Tukano, Arwake and Wanana indigenous peoples. The name of the piece makes reference to the sound produced by one of these flutes, which in his transcription sounds like “kéro” (fast).
Rodrigo Ramos graduated in Cinema from UFSC and UFF, and mastering in Visual Arts at UFBA. He is a multidisciplinary artist, and the creator of the work “Espelho Sonoro” and the project “À Deriva Sonora”. He is a founding member of the collective of Environmental Art – “IHU”.