Arszyn plays De Maria

by Arszyn



Krzysztof Topolski - field recordings and drums

Recreation of Walter De Maria's compositions: Cricked Music (1963) and Ocean Music (1968)


Walter De Maria (1935 - 2013) pioneer of conceptual art, the environment and land art on the threshold of his career was torn for a moment between music and visual arts. He recorded only two solo compositions: Cricket Music (1964) and Ocean Music (1968). At about the same time as a drummer he worked with the Velvet Underground and was involved to New York music and art scene.

Compositions contain field recordings of cicadas and ocean, enhanced with a layer of drum set performed by the composer. This was a key period in the works of Walter De Maria, the time of transition from sculpture to the environment, from the white gallery cube, to open space and the field. Shortly after recording of this compositions De Maria abandons completely music and jazz percussion entering the path that led him to such breakthrough pieces as the New York Earth Room (1977)

This very interesting moment in shaping the creative path of the artist, between the music and the space environment art, field recordings, conceptual art, inspired me to try to reinterpret the music of Walter De Maria


Inspirations and historical context :


released January 21, 2016

Cricket recording courtesy of  Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Baltic Sea waves recorded on the beach, somewhere between Jelitkowo and Brzeźno in Gdańsk

Drums recorded by Michał Miegoń in Sound 8, Gdynia, 20.12.2015
Prepared snare buzz roll in Cricket Music, recorded in my living room
Mixed by Krzysztof Topolski, Gdańsk, 01.2016

photo credits: Κωνσταντίνος Κατσίρης

Very special thanks to: Amy Youngs, Angelika Nelson, Marta Karalus, Ucho w Wodzie, Michał Miegoń, Constantine Katsiris




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