*Limited edition of 100, numbered and signed by Richard Mosse and Ben Frost
*Accompaniment to Broken Spectre by Ben Frost, from the critically-acclaimed exhibition by Richard Mosse which premiered at 180 Studios in October.
*Pressed on 180 gram dusk-coloured vinyl
*Features an exclusive poster from the Broken Spectre exhibition
*Sleeve designed by Loose Joints, featuring photography by Richard Mosse.
*Pressed on the EMI 1400 press at The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, UK.
*Mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road.
*Release Date : 25/11/2022
Between 2018 and 2022, photographer Richard Mosse and composer Ben Frost set out to rigorously document the Amazon’s environmental breakdown using scientific imaging technology and sound recording devices, collating the results into “Broken Spectre” – a visceral installation that premiered at London’s 180 Studios in October 2022.
Frost’s contribution to the project is laid out on this full album, a lavish double LP housed in a special sleeve featuring Richard Mosse’s images, offered here in a highly limited edition format of one hundred copies, signed and numbered by Mosse and Frost. The vinyl for this edition is pressed in dusk colour, and the LP also features an exclusive poster from the exhibition.
The album is an ambitious collage of evocative environmental recordings and complex electronic processes, “Broken Spectre” utilises the many skills Frost has developed over the years as an award-winning and critically acclaimed sound engineer, composer, and recordist. We are confronted with the remarkably human vocalisations of fisher bats, the crackling roar of deliberately lit forest fires, cascading waves of analogue synthesis, and in one section we are placed inside an operating theatre witnessing the anethetised breathing of a burned Jaguar.
He captured the material on location in the heart of the Amazon Basin, traveling down the BR-230 Trans-Amazonian Highway and the BR-163, known as the “soybean highway” because it stretches from soybean fields to an export facility beside the river. Additional recordings were collected in Ecuador, Brasilia, in the Pantanal wetlands, in Yanomami and Munduruku Territory, and on the various interlocking rivers that snake through the country, using an ultrasonic recording system and 1/4″ analogue tape to capture ultra-high frequency sounds that are usually completely invisible.