The Book


«Qu’entends-tu sur le bord de la neige?»
– Jacques Chessex

A SOFT HISS OF THIS WORLD

Tim Ingold
Carmen Pardo
Mikel R. Nieto

This book contains texts by three authors: Tim Ingold, Carmen Pardo and Mikel R. Nieto, on the research carried out by Nieto in Finland during 2016. The text by Tim Ingold opens the book and introduces the reader to the main subjects of the research: language, landscape, sound and listening. This text is easy to read and aims to immerse us in the Finnish landscape and in the listening act to its sounds and silences.

Carmen Pardo‘s text unfolds first, the way in which the gaze and listening of the snow constitute the experience of a disappearance, of a concentration in the void or nothingness of which A Soft Hiss of this World participates. Secondly, and in dialogue with Roland Barthes, the kind of listening involved in recording different states of snow is questioned. From that listening, the text proposes in the third place, the exercise of recording as an experience that implies a multiple temporality that reminds us that, in fact, it is always habited in a heterogeneity of times.

The third text belongs to Mikel R. Nieto and is divided into four parts:

The first part called “This is nothing” contains Nieto’s texts and thoughts about the most important points of the investigation, such as silence, listening, landscape, language, disappearance and absence, archive, hyperojects and the anthropocene.

The second part is a “Diaries (2009 – 2019)” which brings together a selection of photographs and the most outstanding moments throughout the research in a brief direct and poetic format marking the corresponding places and dates.

The third part is a code that reflects the loss of most of the sound recordings made during his research with more than 600 hours of recordings. This code is the only thing that could be recovered from all recordings, except the only sound recording published in physical format as a transparent Flexi-disc.

→ Download document pdf → “The Complete Lost Recordings Archive”

The fourth part is the result of silencing each and every word by John Cage in his “Lecture on Nothing,” leaving only the punctuation marks, such as commas, periods, separators and the last sentence of the text of Cage.

All texts are in three languages and in this order: Basque, Spanish and English.


Biographical notes of the authors

Tim Ingold is an Anthropologist and Professor of Social Anthropology. Some time ago Ingold spent two years in Lapland (Finland) and is very familiar with snow and the many different words in Finnish to refer to the different states of water, ice and snow. He is also familiar with the extraordinary silence of midwinter and how small sounds from miles away can pass through it.

Carmen Pardo is a Professor at the University of Girona, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the IRCAM-CNRS unit in Paris and her latest publication is “En el silencio de la cultura” (In the silence of culture) (Published by Sexto Piso / French version by Eterotopia France)

Mikel R. Nieto is a sound artist and researcher. His work is based on field recordings and their possible meanings and uses in different contexts. His previous book “Dark Sound”, printed in black on black, has been described as the black book of the sound landscape.


Field Recording Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2019 / Gruen 191
LC 09488 / EAN 194491017088 ISBN 978-84-09-12861-7
Legal Deposit: SS – 733 – 2019
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Translations: Illart Alkorta
Design: Sonia Ciriza
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Printed in: Leitzarán Grafikak, S.L.


This publication has been possible thanks to the support of the Basque Government as part of its programme of grants forthe encouragement and development of plastic and visual arts, in the publications category (2019).


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