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Wind (with Chris Watson)

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The new album from Hazard, 'Wind', is a collaboration between Benny Jonas Nilsen and Chris Watson, who provided wind recordings for Benny to incorporate into his compositions.

BJNilsen writes: “I had been working on this project about wind and weather for about half a year, recording and putting together sounds from various locations in the USA, Canada and Sweden. I was really happy with a great deal of it but less enthusiastic about the rest, in particular the pure wind recordings. Anyone who tries to record in the open air with primitive or less than professional equipment knows that it’s not easy getting good sound and avoiding distortion in the microphones. I did however catch some fine air movement in trees, branches grass and hail or thunderstorms.

Later Mike Harding and I had a discussion about Chris Watson’s work and he convinced me that we should try to ask him if he had some recordings that could be useful. Coincidentally Chris had just finished a radio program about wind for the BBC and he had a tape ready which I could use. This was a great honour and relief for me to be able to take hold of such professionally recorded material which could easily stand on its own but [obviously] I wanted to do something else with it, incorporating nature and technology, and in conjunction with each other I created these pieces.” Stockholm, 15th March 2001


released January 1, 2001

Artwork by Jon Wozencroft. Wind Recordings by Chris Watson:
Heartbeat 3 [used on track 1], Windy Meadow [1,8], Glen Affric [3], Through Junkus [4], Strong Winds Through Ditch... [5], Glaswegian B&B – high [5,6], Low Pressure [6,7], The Lapaich [7]



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BJNilsen Amsterdam, Netherlands

BJ Nilsen Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His latest album is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. ... more

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