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Static River - Inside Out

from Secrets Revealed, Secrets Kept by mediaartscommittee

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The piece presents two key layers: organic field recordings and synthesized analog sounds. The field recordings capture rather mundane activities of urban life in North America. Yet, superimposing analog sounds gives them mystique. The rising pitch of the analog synth creates tension and chase. The sounds evolve from the interior universe (represented by the home) to the exterior universe (represented by the street and train station). The broader indication is that certain secrets germinate in the interior world and haunt us outside, no matter how far or fast we go — until we face them.

In terms of process, the piece combines field recordings from eating breakfast with family, cooking alone in a kitchen, as well as walking in and around the city. Field recordings span days, settings, and geographical locations. Analog sounds were generated on the Arturia Microfreak synthesizer. Appropriate processing effects were applied. Notably, the main analog sound present throughout the piece starts off sounding like a Harmonium (an Indian instrument). By the end of the piece, this sound evolves into a more processed, synthesized sound, which is indicative of the artist’s positionality as a visible minority in the home vs. outside.

Static River is the brainchild of New Delhi-bred, Toronto-based musician, Tanya. Static River is a home for dark and haunting melodic elements, immersive music soundscapes, and thought-provoking lyrics. The oxymoron Static River captures the paradoxical state of living: stillness and movement and equally, the “electric” and the “natural”. The former alludes to Static River’s musical purpose to capture and decorate time; while the latter alludes to Static River combining rich, controlled electronic sounds with the spontaneity of the human voice.


from Secrets Revealed, Secrets Kept, released April 29, 2022
Static River


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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
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