MARJA AHTI & JUDITH HAMANN
A coincidence is perfect, intimate attunement
Second Editions presents a new collaborative work by Marja Ahti and Judith Hamann.
After their distinguished duet Portals for Cafe Oto's Takuroku label, A coincidence is perfect, intimate attunement is a wonderful sophomore collaborative work pieced together over two years of changing seasons, ideas, moods, and feelings. The release is formed from a shifting field of sound correspondence that pivots on moments of coincidence, of a tuning in.
What are we opening ourselves to when we tune in to sound? How can one be truly open to a sound? How can the activity of recording move beyond notions of capture and release into more generative frames? Rather than a tool purposed for preservation or conservation of memory, of time and place, can recording sound instead form new vibrant or vibratory spaces of attunement?
A coincidence.. is an LP length composition of multiple interlocking parts, created through exchange, alignment, unpredictability: the title borrowed from poet Fanny Howe falling right into place, a flock of birds in flight, pitches matched and moved across different geographies and temporal frames. Marja & Judith have created an intuitive, lyrical longform piece that considers the idea of attunement itself as, in some sense, the smallest form of measure or denominator connecting their respective practices: across field recording, just intonation, electronic sonorities and instrumental bodies. A coincidence.. reflects a sense of a willingness to tune in to impulses given, or gifted to the other, a position that embraces an intimate synchronicity.