Christina Kubisch

Magnetic Flights

imprec328   CD

Two brand new pieces from one of the most exciting, active & relevant members of the first generation sound artists. Magnetic Flights is a perfect follow up to Five Electrical Walks (IMPREC167) and it is being released at the same time as a collection of two of Kubisch's unreleased archival pieces, also on Important.
Magnetic Flights is entirely  made of  electromagnetic field recordings of international airports  and inside  airplanes The recordings of this piece were made by Christina Kubisch on her travels in 2007 from and to the airports of Bukarest, Manchester, Chicago, Seoul, Munich, Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfort, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Pisa, Milan and London. The sounds were not altered  electronically nor changed in any other way. The only tool ,which was used for  a part of it, was a filtering program (DINR)

All recordings were made with the help of special sensitive wireless headphones, by which the aboveground and underground electromagnetic fields are detected, amplified and made audible. The headphones are custom made and have been develeoped by myself and  constructed by the  engineer Manfred Fox, Berlin. The sounds are much more musical than one could expect. There are complex layers of high and low frequencies, loops of rhythmic sequences, groups of tiny signals, long drones and many things which change constantly and
are hard to describe..

Magnetic flights consists of three parts with a  short special sound at the beginning and another one at the end.
The piece starts with an electromagnetic  sound recorded just before departure and continues with the material  of flight radiations recorded inside different airplanes. These  electromagnetic fields slightly change pitch during departure and arrival, but remain quite constant during the flight itself. The  relatively high and compact  sounds gradually build up a dense   layer of vibrations with continuous minimal variations.
In the   second part some of the previous  flight radiations gradually become  filtered. The single signals  mingle into a mix of small, short, nervous and very rhythmic  signals. Their origin  might be radio waves, communication signals  with the tower , internet and atmospheric disturbances., but this is only a guess.
The third part, the situation of arrival or transition,  is a mix of typical electromagnetic sounds in the waiting areas of airports such as the deep vibrations of the screens of monitors which  slowly fade in and out.
The piece ends with the electrical flickering of an electromagnetic field of unknown origin.


Magnetic Flights
Double Scanning


Best of 2011: Magnet Magazine


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