During the summer of 2017, a scaled-down version of the Arthur King musical lineup consisting of Peter Walker and Aaron Espinoza took a trip to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the rural Utah desert. Accompanied by visual artist John Schlue, videographer Nash Howe, and sound recordist Tim Conrad Horner, they set out to collect an array of audio field recordings and environmental video footage from this remote setting. After capturing a multitude of sonic material from this environment, the musicians combined their field recordings with their more traditional instruments such as guitar, synthesizer, and drum machine in a live musical performance on the final night of their trip. During this performance, John Schlue projected live visuals constructed from layers upon layers of processed footage from the same desert landscape. This trip was documented in a short video piece entitled Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante).
CHANGING LANDSCAPES RECORDING
An album of music was created from the recordings of the live performance by Walker and Espinoza. The album, also entitled Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante), was released on Dangerbird Records in April of 2018. It is available here.