Listening to Michael Schlitz’s “Sound of Moon A and B”
Sound of Moon B
Michael Schlitz is a Tasmanian print-maker whose work explores themes of isolation. Schlitz is often identified through his poignant depiction of crouched lone figures in dark forested areas. Sound of Moon A and B continue to examine this subject, this time within the openness of space. These prints portray a landscape physically removed from civilisation, a place to escape into an unearthly sense of calm. Yet the composition Sound of Moon B imagines the near side of the moon as a place still subject to earth’s noisy activities. Here sonic interference from satellites and radio communication reflect upon the moon’s surface.
Sound of Moon A
With its back to earth the dark side of the moon is the ultimate place to socially withdraw. In Sound of Moon A the solitude sought by Schlitz’ figures is finally realised. The dark side of the moon is removed from earthbound concerns, allowing room to retreat into its quiet depths.
These two compositions use recordings of Russian satellites and spacecraft originally taken by Sven Grahn.