Örö is a multimedia project created by artist and musician Rob St John. It was produced through long-term fieldwork and experimentation on the small Finnish Archipelago island of Örö.
Closed to the public for a century after the establishment of military fortifications, the Örö 'fortress' island was reopened in 2016. Through the Öres programme, Rob stayed in former barracks on the island for two midwinter and midsummer periods across this transition, as abandoned military structures fell into ruin and rare biodiversity flourished.
Accompanying the artist's book, film and soundwork is this 2-track single.
Midsummer and Midwinter – each ambient washes of melody, drone, found sound and field recordings – were composed from the film soundwork with additional instrumentation from Pete Harvey (Modern Studies, King Creosote) on cello, and Andrew Wasylyk on piano and analogue synthesiser.
Rob St John is an artist and writer based in rural Lancashire, UK. His practice is focused on the blurrings of nature and culture in contemporary landscapes. His work has been shown/heard at Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Barbican, The British Museum, Tramway Glasgow, The Royal Geographical Society, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and many others. He has released a number of records and toured across the UK, Europe and the USA. He plays with the band Modern Studies (Fire Records) and is a regular collaborator with the Folklore Tapes collective.
One of the UK’s most innovative composers - Electronic Sound
St John’s music is as interesting as the process which underpins it. - UNCUT
A man playing the calls of Maltese birds bouncing off an underwater telecommunications cable? Rob St John and Tom Western sound like new wayward Aphex Twins… - The Guardian
[His work] lets us hear what happens when we lay our ears to a landscape; the voices and utterances that surface into the skull. - Robert MacfarlaneBroadcaster/Writer
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