Canadian radio artist and performer Anna Friz developed the two-part work "Revenant" for Artradio.
Revenant is a piece about two contrasting seasons, about drought and storm, which thematizes mortality, loss and regeneration. Electronic and radiophonic instruments are used, as well as sounds from below and above ground.
In the increasing heat and haze of summer, the days are long and hot and the nights insomniac. After brief, fitful sleep, the sun is a tarnished penny in the morning when it rises behind an orange haze of smoke and ash from wildfire. Stuck indoors when the air is hot and thick, other creatures join me to take refuge: coming in along the plumbing, up the drains, in the vents and down the chimney, through the cracks under the door or the walls. Unexpected insects, worms and a lizard that dry on the floor, various arachnids running up the walls, a small bird, a bat. It seems I must change my approach to cohabitation: when the creatures move into my nest, I trade places and take to the airwaves, or escape down into their burrows.
The difference between the living and the dead is hard to discern, for the dead gone to ground may yet pay visitations. That which is dry and buried may not lie still, but move, resurface, rehydrate, transform. Time underground changes the body and the senses.
The piece explores mortality, rot, and regeneration, using electronic and radiophonic instruments, and sound from below and above ground. Recorded in the mighty RP4 studios of the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna and on various locations in Santa Cruz, California. Composed and edited by Anna Friz. Special thanks to Martin Leitner and Elisabeth Zimmermann.