Announcing Arthur King - 'Changing Landscapes (Zompopa)'

Announcing Arthur King - 'Changing Landscapes (Zompopa)'

March 22, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA):

AKP Recordings is proud to announce Changing Landscapes (Zompopa) from Arthur King to be released digitally on 04/19/23. Today the first single "Funeral De Zompopa" is available to stream/purchase.

Listen/pre-order Changing Landscapes (Zompopa)

Changing Landscapes (Zompopa), the follow up to the “beautifully dreamy, experimental and intoxicating cosmic sound” (Gonzo Circus) of last year’s Changing Landscapes (Mina Las Pintadas), is the next iteration in the ongoing series that promotes disruption of our linear-form experience in order to connect to deeper perspectives.

On Changing Landscapes (Zompopa) Arthur King pushes their ongoing experiment, “an instrumental landscape both familiar and otherworldly” (LA Times) even further, shifting their creative methodology from a specific site study to that of a unique species of ant found in the Costa Rican rainforest. Building on field recordings that founding member Peter Walker captured on location in Central America, the artist orchestrated an improvisational session with musicians David Ralicke and Mia Doi Todd in Los Angeles in order to collectively explore the sonic terrain, and attempt to get into the “ant-mind.” To help with this the trio live scored video footage shot on location, in a methodological nod to Arthur King’s Unknown Movie Night program.

“Studying ants required technological experimentation,” says Walker “and the exploration of new recording techniques such as ultrasonic, and subterranean contact microphones.” The gathered sonic elements uniquely colored the improvisational session into six distinct tracks of avant-garde environmental expression, forged into a coherent statement through the hands of engineer Eva Reistad (Dune, Mad Max: Fury Road), whose mix spans the intimate to the cinematic. The resulting Changing Landscapes (Zompopa) is a reverent dedication of musique concrèteto the zompopa leafcutter ants found in the Costa Rican jungle.

All music performed and recorded live by Arthur King
Musicians: David Ralicke, Mia Doi Todd, Peter Walker
Recorded at Seahorse Sound
Engineered and mixed by Eva Reistad
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters
Artwork by Francie Chang
Cinematography by alexander Falk
Produced by Peter Walker
Special thanks to Julio Madriz

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