Tender Membranes

BT 108LP BT 108LP

Black Truffle announces Tender Membranes, the label's first release from Swedish-Finnish sound artist and electro-acoustic composer Marja Ahti. Active for a decade in the Finnish underground music scene, in recent years Ahti has developed a distinctive approach to patiently unfolding electro-acoustic constructions, documented on a string of solo releases and collaborative projects with Judith Hamann and her husband Niko-Matti Ahti. Working with concrete and instrumental sounds, field recordings, and electronics, Ahti favours neither disjunctive collage nor monolithic consistency; rather, her work is composed of organically unfolding sequences of details and textures. Tender Membranes consists of four lengthy pieces, partly inspired by the image of the senses and mind as membranes allowing for the passage between inner and outer spaces, sensation and its causes, creating a world. Ahti's unhurried pacing encourages this sense of listening as an opening or surrender to sound, which can often create the impression that the listener is moving through a space zooming in on details. Like those of the masters of the French musique concrète tradition, Ahti's sounds are not often recognizable, though they might suggest proximity or distance, open environments or closed spaces, the urban or rural, day or night. What Ahti calls her "poetic way of experiencing and organizing the familiar and the unfamiliar" is sustained throughout Tender Membranes, but each piece has its own character. Arriving in a sleeve reproducing contemporary Finnish photographer Sini Pelkki's fragmented visions of the everyday, Tender Membranes is a balm to reawaken tired ears.