Boris Baltschun: Desert Dictionary

Boris Baltschun: Desert Dictionary


Catalog: arbitrary16
Format: LP

Desert Dictionary navigates sonic territories oscillating between language and landscape, between notation and noise. Voices responding and contributing to a complementary narrative, connecting personal memories, political considerations and psychological effects of a landscape seemingly empty and quiet. Adjacent, beneath and intertwined a modular synthesizer score based on field notes – a synthesized soundscape appearing as imaginary field recordings, at the same time resembling and unalike the place in question.

The Desert Dictionary appears in four iterations – a situation as part of Modern Art Projects South Africa’s collection, a radio play (commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur), a book edition (published by MAPSA), and the present LP.

Recorded in South Africa over a period of three months in 2020 and 2021 - written and produced by Boris Baltschun, 2021-2022.

Mastered and cut by Kassian Troyer at D&M, Berlin

Photo & map: Boris Baltschun

Graphic design: Joe Gilmore

LP (black)
Year: 2023
Edition: 300
Size: 31,5 x 31,5 cm

Print: 4c, inside-out sleeve
incl. download code