One night and one day in the world’s largest erosion crater in the Negev desert, Israel.
Absolute silence, only noises from Dingo’s sniffing our tent in search of something edible. Unreal dreams and then, get up.
It is 4:00 o’clock in the morning, time to get up to reach the hike to the top of the next mountain before sunrise and to follow the play of shapes, light and noiselessness.
Is there a more peaceful place? Even the shape of the crater looks like a heart …
No one except us as far as the eye can see. No noise, no wind, only silence and a sky full of incredible colors.
We sit, about 20 minutes and I think to myself: “This is probably the quietest place I have ever been”. And as if I had conjured it up, suddenly an unreal deep roar from nowhere. What’s this? First, amazement, a little uncertainty, then: “Oh no, they’re jet fighters. Jet fighters who will probably practice their next missions.
Disillusionment spreads, the throw back to reality. We are only 350 km away from Syria. Are they the sent to war? The situation becomes even more surreal than it already was and the recording device that I had initially switched on to record the silence now documents the play of sound and crater in which every sound that gets stuck in it, is thrown back in all directions. A unreal compositions of Echoes from all directions made by Jetfighters breaking the sound barrier.
This moment raised a lot of questions in me and I had the feeling that another level was needed to make the experience felt. So we decided to make a kind of radio play out of it and to use the recording as the basis for the it´s text.
So it happened that I asked my friend Alina about her interest, she was immediately into it and I sent her the recording + a few situation anecdotes and she wrote down what happened to her during listening. In the end, this text came out.
Recording, production and idea: Møn (Simon Clement)
Text and voice: Alina Sauernheimer
Mastering: Leon Seidl
Picture: Omri Shmulewitz