Forest Kelley's debut album, 𝑆𝑖𝑙𝑡, is the culmination of a decade-long sonic realization of a singular vision: nematoda, annelida, and other abyssal worms inhabiting the aphotic depths, sensing each other without light. Living and cavorting amongst a carpet of compressed dust and organic matter, as unaware of our existence as we are of theirs. To create this 'soundscape ecology', Kelley began developing custom software in 2018. It allows for sounds to function as organisms: to be born, express themselves, change through friction with their world, and then dissipate, transcend, or die. 𝑆𝑖𝑙𝑡 represents a snapshot of this world; the raw material for this particular instance includes guitar-based recordings dating from 2004 in collaboration with Jacob Uretsky. Through Kelley's exacting and intuitive selection of the results, we are presented with an ever-evolving selection of sounds. On their surface perhaps intersecting with ambient dub techno tropes, but 𝑆𝑖𝑙𝑡 draws the listener ever deeper into the zone with its organically shifting textures and events.
Forest Kelley is an artist, electronic musician, and experimental composer based in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2018, he contributed music to the score for the Academy Award-nominated and Criterion Collection-selected documentary 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening ' along with composers Alex Somers and Scott Alario.
released March 29, 2022
composed, recorded, and mastered by Forest Kelley in 2021.
source guitar by Jacob Uretsky.
audio finalized for cassette tape by Glyn Maier.
design by RJM Vanderheyden.