Vanitas is the result of a collaborative performance between Portland-based composers and sound artists Markus Fischer (which we introduced different times) and Burke Jam (his work explores sound as intervention–questioning and subverting perceptual coherence and relationships with physical place).

It was composed for the Portland ambient series Bloom, in the winter of 2018. The title is taken from the 17th-century vanitas painting tradition which points to the inevitability of change, the transience of vanity and the ephemerality of human life. It is out via Los-Angeles based label Dragon’s Eye Recordings. Listen below.