Sine Language Records are delighted to unveil "Immersions: The Sonic Legacy of Room Temperature", a groundbreaking album featuring a captivating generative music and immersive soundscapes meticulously crafted for the now-defunct experimental Spa retreat in Bolivia.
Drawing inspiration from the enigmatic retreat's unorthodox practices and its pursuit of cathartic spiritual experiences, this extraordinary record captures the essence of a journey that pushed boundaries and challenged convention. "Immersions" invites listeners to relive the awe-inspiring sensations and emotional landscapes that participants once immersed themselves in during the retreat's infamous ten-day treatments.
The spa retreat dared to explore the extremes of human endurance and perception through a series of innovative environments. Within its bizarrely angled walls, visitors were subjected to an array of mind-bending experiences designed to break down their mental defences, reveal the emptiness of their somatic cravings and induce cathartic surrender to the universe at large. Participants were forced to wear outlandish, inappropriate and uncomfortable costumes, subjected to extended periods of blisteringly hot saunas, supercooled pools, and rooms with filled with quantities of dry ice, helium and xenon. The surreal, maze-like brutalist architecture and sacred indigenous geometries of the "immersion chambers" contributed to dissociative states of consciousness unobtainable by any other means.
A key aspect of the Room Temperature experience was the interactive and immersive sound art installations heard within the rooms. These ranged through endless, clangorous, generative percussion pieces, euphoria-inducing spacious drones, womb-like infrasound baths, and ASMR-inducing microsound. Artists were asked to render in sound the fantastic worlds of surrealists such as Yves Tanguy, Leonora Carrington and Roberto Matta. As the participants voyaged through the chambers it would become less and less clear if the fantastic environments were real, or the mind’s response to the extreme sonic overload, sleep deprivation or psychoactive infusions.
Whilst the retreat was short-lived, shut down due to a combination of financial woes and safety concerns, it's legacy lives on through this sound art, some of which has been recovered and carefully curated for this first instalment.
Visitors to Room Temperature came to experience a profound loss of individuality and visions of the fundamental nature of entropy, neuroplasticity and the structure of thought and existence. This collection hopes to give listeners at least some glimpse of these unique qualia.