2021: Volume 2

  • Preparing to record

The second edition of CAMPBIENT took place at Penrose Point State Park from September 17-19, 2021.

CAMBPIENT Volume Two continued the story that was put on hold in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The lessons learned through Volume One were transformed into new processes and methods for Volume Two. Among these changes were: adding a second engineer, allowing both teams to work in the “studio” concurrently, and inviting a guest artist to share their work and lead discussions with the artist-campers. Volume Two also ushered in an era of prior campers coming back to join the Campbient Team. 

2021 group photo
2021 group photo, wet, masked, and blurry!

Notes from the record:

After a pandemic postponement, CAMPBIENT returned in 2021. In addition to the logistical complications of the ongoing pandemic, natural conditions were challenging, as a months-long drought ended that weekend and drenched the proceedings from nearly start to finish. Participants took all this in stride and with good humor in realizing the task they set out to accomplish. 

Weather is just part of the unpredictability in making art in public spaces, away from the conveniences and dependability of a studio. By utilizing state parks rather than private land, the residency underscores an awareness of the commons, and an obligation for it’s stewardship. Public spaces that straddle the natural and built environment are rich with questions of social equity and accessibility, environmental justice and sustainability, as well as those of artistic process, critical analysis, and aesthetics. It is these questions that were explored sonically and dialogically in the making of this recording. Sound artist and educator Anna Friz was this year’s special guest, whose knowledge and insights greatly contributed to the residency’s conceptual rigor and artistic praxis.

CAMPBIENT took place on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Carr Inlet specifically was territory of the S’Hotle-Ma-Mish band of the Squaxin Island Tribe, first stolen from these indigenous peoples in the Medicine Creek treaty of 1854. With humility and gratitude we acknowledge this historical trespass and it’s ongoing legacy. You can visit the site of this recording at Penrose Point State Park in Washington state.

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