revenant : zeltini CD

January 29th, 2011 by john grzinich


Maksims Shentelevs, Eamon Sprod, John Grzinich, Kaspars Kalninsh, Felicity Mangan

recorded November 15, 2008 at Zeltini, Latvia

ltd to 250 copies hand numbered copies – all include an additional art card on 300 gr satin-paper

cover design + treatments by Daniel Crokaert based exclusively on photos by John Grzinich and Eamon Sprod

Zelitini is a former Soviet military base located in the forests of Northeastern Latvia which is now abandoned. This particular base housed missiles from the Soviet nuclear arsenal that needed to be stored in large horizontal bunkers. On this visit we arrived rather late and found that most of the bunkers had been locked up. As it grew dark and cold we decided to set up in the last open bunker to record as we new it would be our only chance to collaborate in this unique space.

sound workshop in prague

October 29th, 2009 by john grzinich

‘New Maps of Time’ was a sound workshop led by John Grzinich in October. The workshop used a number of ‘revenant’ techniques and ideas in addition to exercises in sound mapping and phonography.

documentation can be found on

other videos can be found on the vimeo Sound Locations channel

revenant in Wroclaw?

July 2nd, 2009 by john grzinich
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Short video produced by a local film crew in Wroclaw Poland during and after the performance of Patrick McGinley and John Grzinich at Entropia Gallery. The performance was labeled “revenant sound” by the organizer however we consider this more of a collaborative sound performance with strong elements of revenant, where the space, found objects and audience participation is involved.

A higher resolution version an be found on the Wroclaw Weekly website.

revenant sound workshop : tampere

March 21st, 2009 by admin

This was a 3 day revenant workshop organized by Rajataide artists association of Tampere. We would like to thank our hosts for their efforts and the participants for their time and energy. The group was small but diverse and included students of various disciplines, artists, a teacher and a journalist. Apart from the excersises, some important topics were raised in many discussions we had, including; recognition of sound sources, analysis and rationalization in listening, imaginary vs real spaces, sound aesthetics, meaningful soundscapes, awareness and sharpening of senses, the role of technology, sound perception in different cultural contexts, rules of agreement in groups, sonic power vs group power, sound as emotional, textural and gestural signs, “primitive” and “tribal” feelings, sound as non-verbal information and much more.

slected sound clips from some of the exercises coming soon…

revenant : cloud

February 7th, 2009 by john grzinich

here is a collage of revenant texts laid out using the wordle, word cloud tool.


revenant sound workshop : riga-pedvale

January 13th, 2009 by john grzinich

After some discussion it has been decided to integrate some of the sound workshops given by Patrick, Max and myself into the revenant frame. Much of this comes from the observation that the material presented in the workshop (the exercises in particular), provide a foundation for revenant actions as it works with the idea of material and spatial constraints on site-specific sound activity.

This particular workshop led by Maksims Shentelevs, John Grzinich and Patrick McGinley was the second of its kind given originally under the title, “sound as space, sound as language” (this is still the working sub-heading). The workshop focuses on sound as transmitter of nonverbal information, whether as a tool for communication or as a description of physical or imaginary space. We focused on sound’s ability to define/describe space, and on our ability to resonate, alter or create space by using sound. The notion of “animal communication” was also explored through individual and group activity. A strong focus is placed on environmental listening, and the development of the ear towards detailed sonic perception. Using small acoustic objects and the space itself, we experiment with methods of group dynamics in sonic communication, with giving our location a voice, and with creating new spaces towards an understanding of sonic scenography. The workshop opens with an extended listening session, after which participants work through a series of sonic games and are asked to bring objects to use in the later stages.

Listen to an excerpt of the “soundwalk” group sound action

revenant : saaropera

December 3rd, 2008 by john grzinich

a revenant sound action made in the hollow metal shell of an electrical substation on lake peipsi near the russian border. the participants are eamon sprod (tarab), maksims shentelevs, kaspars kalnins and john grzinich.

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recorded november 16, 2008. note the sound of ducks flying overhead towards the end.

revenant : topoló

November 6th, 2008 by john grzinich

revenant : topoló took place on October 19th, 2006 in a forest near the border of Italy and Slovenia. participants in this action were yannick dauby, olivier feraud, john grzinich, hitoshi kojo and patrick mcginley.

prele records has released a CD of revenant : topoló along with 12 page booklet of texts by the artists. Available from December 2008.

jez riley french

vital weekly -FdW

revenant : põdra

November 3rd, 2008 by john grzinich

revenant : põdra released as a free MP3 by Compost and Height

Participants in this action were Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich, and Maksims Shentelevs. This is live and unedited recording made on the evening of June 13th, 2007 in southeastern Estonia.

sights and sounds

November 3rd, 2008 by john grzinich

new releases on the horizon.

something i came across

March 23rd, 2008 by admin

‘Le fracas de la destruction de ces etageres n’etait-il pas le bruit dans lequel se depouillait l’animation des innombrables banquets du passe qui avaient laisse leur trace sur le bois d’un noir brillant? C’etait le bruit dans lequel une partie de la memoire enfouie etait arrachee avec un jaillissement de sang, comme une dent profondement enracinee.’

‘The din caused by the destruction of those shelves, was it not the noise with which the animation of countless past banquets that had left their trace in that brilliant black wood was stripped away? It was the noise in which a part of that buried memory was ripped out with a spurt of blood, like a deeply rooted tooth.’

- yukio mishima