Dalot & Sound Awakener – Little Things

‘Little Things’ is the first full length collaboration between Vietnamese sound artist Nhung Nguyen (Sound Awakener) and Greek sound artist Maria Papadomanolaki (Dalot). The album marks the completion of a 1.5 year-long exploration of common threads and interests between the two artists most notably the quotidian, the minute and the unnoticed, often found in the fringes of big cities, busy landscapes and trajectories. Personal interactions, field recordings of soundwalks in parks, on the streets, hydrophones in rivers and contact microphones on bridges all delicately move to the ethereal; building up atmospheres of dreamsequences that differ between each of the 10 tracks.

‘Little things’ was created by a process of exchange and extraction of draft ideas between the two artists. The creative and personal connection was deep which results in a sense of intuition and mystery throughout the album. Each track has undergone iterative transformations till its final stage, with each artist peeling off layers and sculpting textures and moods prompted by words, memories and places. While, ‘Strangers in the city’ places the listeners in an urban junction, still with their eyes closed, ‘all that fall’ contemplates on the beauty of fallen leaves, autumnal afternoons and the smell of rain. In pieces like ‘a good day to be alone’ the two artists create feather-like motions resembling invisible drizzles of emotions, solitude and dreams filling up an empty, quiet room on a sunny morning. Elsewhere in the album, as in ‘sailing’, darkness supersedes lightness in a long dive into unknown waters.

The album creates a journey for the listener; a journey of changes between the two artists’ lives; the changes in seasons, life-events, ordinary moments and creative processes that affected the perspectives and emotional states within which this album was produced. Rainer Maria Rilke has written that ‘the only journey is the one within’. In ‘Little Things’ the two artists offer an adventurous exploration of internal landscapes through sound and memory, the light and shadow encountered within. Nguyen and Papadomanolaki embark in a musical dialogue in an effort to create a new common dialect between them, a place where they can feel both familiar and lost.

Made by hand…

10 unique book-bound cover variations (1260 g/qm FSC certified), lined inside / outside with luxury Italian paper from Florence, sealed with washi tape, glass mastered CD (not CDR), vintage glass slide (circa. 1890-1950), vintage botanical print, dried flower, scent. All rests inside luxury hand cut envelopes. Individually numbered / sealed.

Made with love…

Credits:

Audio – Dalot & Sound Awakener
Design – Daniel Crossley
Mastering – James Plotkin



4 responses to “Dalot & Sound Awakener – Little Things”

  1. Yorgy says:

    hallo
    i’m sending this mail from GReece and i’m little bit angry…
    because i’m following DALOT’s music and i was informed by a friend that she had a NEW release and WHAT a miracle it was in your Rec comp that has ONLY released it in 10 copies
    I found that kind of releases a BIG JOKE
    What i mean… is that a musician wants his music to reach in every ear – that’s why he’s composing
    So it;s VERY Cheap for a rec comp to release a 10 copies for some “lucky” ones – who mayB they were teir friends etc. etc.
    YES your releases are a piece of ast but if U think a music composition can B closed in ONLY ten hand made copies U R really far far away from the whole idea of music
    YES your releases is a piece of art but if U C it that way then just put it in an ART Gallery where no ones could touch it
    I”m really very disappointend with your comp policy
    …and what about us who we R not your friends to informed about the release of our favorite artists?
    Too selfish and too chauvinist way of acting
    Keep the good music hidden ONLY for U
    have a nice day
    Yorgy

  2. admin says:

    Hi Yorgy,

    I think you have been misinformed…

    The release was available in a run of 200 handmade copies.

    We are really sorry you missed out… unfortunately it is impossible to make more than we currently do… these things take a lot of hours and hard work.

    Kind regards,

    Daniel

  3. […] Audio’s beautiful physical edition has now sold out, but you can buy the digital version right here. Below, Nhung and Maria discuss […]

  4. I believe our Greek friend saw the phrase “10 Variations” and mistook it for “10 copies.” Just received mine today and it is beautiful! For all those visiting here, my advice is to subscribe to ALL labels who release beautiful handmade works ~ Fluid Audio, Sonic Pieces, Time Released Sound and more. That way, you’ll never miss out. This being said, some copies are often made available through other outlets as well. 🙂

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