Producer Ross Adams in conjunction with Chimera Productions present the four-part cycle Compass Series, which promotes cultural awareness to a global audience through the medium of sound and music.
Its overarching remit is collaboration between indigenous communities at the four corners of the globe and cutting edge arts practitioners from the UK and abroad, interleaving oral and musical traditions and ecology with contemporary modes of expression through ambisonic performance. Traditional culture is made relevant to new generations and audiences, while new contextual frameworks are introduced to embedded communities.
Part one in the Compass Series is Nord Rute: a sonic interpretation of renowned Sámi artist Nils Aslak Valkaeapää’s poem No. 272 by Ross Adams, a sound artist and sound recordist, UK electronic music pioneers Plaid, and the Sámi poet Synnøve Persen.
Poem 272 is about a reindeer herd on the move and takes the Sámi people as its central theme, examining their vast dialect and sounds of the arctic tundra. Incorporated into Nord Ruteis an account of a modern day reindeer migration made by the Sámi, 350 kilometres across the Arctic Tundra every year to the reindeers’ spring grazing pastures in northern Norway. Ross Adams travelled with a group of herders and sonically documented it using location surround recording techniques.
The finished production is an ambisonic evocation of the migration, poem and contemporary interpretation of the spiritual realm of the Sámi people by Ross Adams, Plaid and Synnøve Persen.
“The duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner lurk behind laptops in the corner, but their joyful, pounding electronica seems to fill the room with light and warmth... the contrast with Adams’ gritty recordings of the very hard work of herding is very satisfying.” The Wire