Jana Winderen - Debris

Jana Winderen "Debris"
[Touch # Tone 45.4F]
FLAC Audio download only

Track listing:

Track 1: Scuttling Around in the Shallows 11:25
Track 2: Drying Out in the Sun 16:01

The fourth in the series of limited edition vinyl (now deleted) in the Tone 45 series is now available as a high quality FLAC download, only available from the TouchShop.

"Scuttling Around in the Shallows" is from the quadrophonic installation of the same name showed at Galerie B-312, Montreal, Canada 8th January - 5th February 2011.

"Drying Out in the Sun" is from a four-speaker outdoor public installation at "Starfield Simulation #36", Scaniaparken in Malmö, Sweden, 4th September - 2nd October 2011.


Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. She had an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City in the summer of 2014 and exhibited at MoMA, NYC in 2013. Jana was recently an artist-in-residence at the TBA21 Academy and releases her audio-visual works on Touch.

In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art. Amongst her activities are immersive multi-channel installations and concerts and has performed all over the world. She currently lives and works in Oslo.

Jana Winderen researches the hidden depths with the latest technology; her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of ice crevasses are brought to the surface. She is concerned with finding and revealing sounds from hidden sources, both inaudible for the human senses and sounds from places and creatures difficult to access.
Recent sounds work include "Interrupting the Surface" for Galerija Ba?va at The Meštrovićev pavilion in Zagreb (2016), "Tesersuaq" for The Lake radio (2016), "The Wanderer", for the Lorch Schive Art prize (2015), "Pasvikdalen", commissioned by Sonic Act, Amsterdam (2015), "On this Beach" for VICC in Gotland (2015), "Dive" commissioned by New York Department of Transportation for Park Avenue Tunnel, New York, (2014), “Out of Range? commissioned by Deutschlandradio, Kultur, Germany, (2014), "Ultrafield" commissioned by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2013), “Water Signal?, commissioned by The Guggenheim Museum and the Unsound festival in New York for the Stillspotting project, “ultraworld?, a commission by Sound and Music for the listening room at BEOPEN, Trafalgar Square, London (2012), a concert and talk at MIT, Boston, in relation to the Tribute to Commemorate Electro-acoustic pioneer Marianne Amacher; “Survivors of the Waterworld – Measuring Pollution by Sound? for Gøteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2011); “Energy Field? live at ARS Electronica Festival for receiving the Golden Nica in 2011; “Between Dry Land?, commissioned for the installation “The Morning Line? (by Matthew Ritchie) for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, opened in Istanbul May 2010. “Spawning Ground - from Coquet Head to the North Sea? was also commissioned for the AV festival in Newcastle (2010), and in the same year Jana also opened a permanent sound installation at the Knut Hamsun Centre in Hamarøy, Norway.

Recent releases include the USB stick release "The Wanderer" (2015) on Ash International (UK), the digital download "Out of Range" (2014), the 12? Vinyl, “Debris? (2012), the album “Energy Field? (2010), “Heated: Live in Japan? (2009), all on Touch (UK); the audio cassette “The Noisiest Guys on the Planet? (2009) on Ash International (UK); the USB stick, “Ants?; the digital download “Submerged? (2009), also on Touch, and the 7? vinyl “Surface Runoff? (2008) on Autofact (USA).

She is currently working with the project "The Ice Edge" (2015-2017) in collaboration with Sonic Acts festival, "Silencing of the reefs" supported by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, she is working on a full length release for Touch (UK) and she is currently working on a commission from the American Embassy in Oslo called "Raft of Ice" amongst many other commissions, works for film, concerts and installations.

and what they said about the vinyl release:

Norman Records: "What a beautiful unnerving organic cacophony this is, the rugged brutality of the oceans and uncharted icy crevices are captured in blistering fashion here, the enhanced low-end capabilities of the 12? vinyl format further exposing the sheer terrifying natural wonder of it all. Heartily recommended for fans of pure dark ambience and Chris Watson’s absorbing harnessing of the sound of nature."

The Field Reporter: "The horizontal timeline narrative in ’Debris’ is strongly engaging and that is probably because it sounds very natural and organic but also reveals an intentionality behind it. To me ‘Debris’ works like some sort of cinematographic piece where the artist explores different sounds in a quest that seems more emotional and narrative than conceptual. We can hear recognizable sounds such as voices, bells and birds, that when combined with other sounds - whose causality is not so clear- build altogether a very effective composition." [David Vélez]

Boomkat: "This piece reminds us strongly of works by Thomas Köner and Jim Haynes, juxtaposing bleak, perilous subaquatic ambient pressure with crystallising surface textures."

Forced Exposure: "The two sides of Debris were both extracted from a couple of her sound installations, the longer of which is entitled "Drying Out In The Sun", based on recordings made at / near / beneath the surface of the ocean, which plunge into the nether regions of the deep-sea trenches and alluvial plains, amassed into pressurized low-frequency drones. "Scuttling Around The Shallows" returns to her fascination with shrimp which she first displayed on her Tapeworm cassette The Noisiest Guys On The Planet, with erratic snaps, clicks, and crunches made by those small crustaceans amidst deep-ocean ambience."

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