Stations by Field WorksRelease date: April 1, 2022
Label: Temporary Residence LTD.
Stuart Hyatt has been coming up with some outstanding projects recently dealing with the human relationship with nature. These are essentially collaborative efforts, involving a series of musicians that share the musical and other ideas with Hyatt under his Field Works moniker.
After projects like Ultrasonic, Cedars and a few others, Hyatt is back with his latest, similarly themed project titled Stations.
The reason that Hyatt named this series of projects as Field Works may lie in the fact that their basis is field recordings that other musicians transform them into music, with Hyatt giving them a unified production theme and vision.
For Stations Hyatt worked with a team of scientists who themselves work on the EarthScope project. Essentially, Hyatt used sophisticated ground recording devices which he and the artists involved coupled them with human voices. Humans singing along with the Earth.
There were serious stakes involved in the project, as it was commissioned by The National Geographic Society and The Anchorage Museum, as there is an accompanying hardback book with the musical part of the project.
The list of the artist is a serious one too. It includes Hanna Benn, Janie Cowan, Masayoshi Fujita, Stuart Hyatt, Laraaji, Qasim Naqvi, and Brad Weber. The deluxe vinyl edition includes a bonus digital album of peer reviews by Deantoni Parks, Green-House, Olga Wojciechowska, Afrodeutsche, Nathan Fake, Ben Chatwin, Sophia Loizou, Amulets, Penelope Trappes, and Alva Noto.
As with other Field Works projects, it is the seriousness and detailed approach Hyatt takes that make sure that the resulting music is nothing short of excellent, something that certainly comes to the fore on Stations. Throughout the album, it is almost impossible to discern field recordings from actual instrumental parts, the human voices being the only discerning and binding element.
It all drives to the fore possibly the key point here, humans shape the Earth, as much as the Earth shapes humans.