Dark Sound


A dark book with a black CD
Published by Gruenrekorder (2016)

The book contains Ecopolitik, an introduction as an epilogue by José Luis Espejo, a letter to the Huaorani people, two research texts and one bertso, descriptive texts and photos of recordings, a possible chronology, a glossary, a compilation of several texts with testimonies, reports and declarations from different people, groups, institutions, and publications in reference to the impact—direct or indirect—of the noise from the oil industry during its various phases of development on the people, the environment and the fauna.

176 pages, dark paper, black ink, hardback.
Languages: Huao, Basque, Spanish and English.
Note: Partially legible. Sunlight reading recommended.

34 recordings in one track in a black polycarbonate CD. Final editing, mastering and carbon print from Ireland by Slavek Kwi.


The price of this book is set by the crude oil Brent price (LCO), script by Daniel Knef. By buying this book you are contributing to the destruction of the planet.

Order at → Gruenrekorder

More info at → Dark Sound


Dark Olso – An online lecture about oil, ecology, sound, and loss organized by Praksis Oslo in collaboration with Gruenrekorder.

Dark Mannheim – A quadraphonic concert at Hafenkirche, Mannheim (Germany) (2018)

Dark Cologne – A quadraphonic concert at Loft – Köln (Germany) (2018)

Requiem for the presence – A sound installation and lecture at at La Casa Amarilla Book store & Art Gallery – Zaragoza (Spain) (2018)

Dark Madrid at the collective exhibition “Charivaria” in CentroCentro organized by José Luis Espejo & Andrea Zarza, Madrid (Spain) (2017)

Dark Barcelona at Secotropico Festival – Barcelona (Spain) (2017)

→ Exhibited during the “(IN)VISIBLES” collective exhibition organized by SECO Festival, Barcelona (Spain) (2017)

Dark Berlin at Cervantes Institute – Berlin (Germany) (2017)

Dark Frankfurt at Institut für Neue Medien (INM) in collaboration with Xerox Exotique and curated by Gruenrekorder in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) (2017)

Radio Dark Show by El Tramoyista Verde at Casares Irratia (2016)

Dark Audition at Sakona Coffee Roasters (circular building) in Irún (Spain) with the support of Bitamine (2016)

→ Exhibited at The politics of ambience in Oxford Brookes University – Oxford (U.K.) (2016) → Notes & Photos


→ “Dark Sound brings the reader to the problem of so-called Ecopolitik in that region of the world.” – Łukasz Komła

→ “An excellent political statement.” – Frans de Waard

→ “The book is a pain to read. (…) To listen to the composition is to realize that noise can be murder.” – Richard Allen

→ “All the meanings are destroyed.” – Patricia Arredondo

→ “The unreadable word as statement? In the great scheme of things, everything we write is eventually erased.” – Stephen Fruitman

→ “Distinguished dark a philosophy of living hearing and the deadly silence.” – Bad Alchemy

→ “The book provides a significant overview to the political history and issues encountered as a result of the colonisation, and pacification of the indigenous people.” – Matt Parker

→ “Dark Sound is rather Borges-ian in its content.” – Textura

→ “Et c’est d’autant appréciable qu’ici la basse-cour est pleine et que cette réserve de bruits mécanico-futuristes.” – Le son du grisli

→ “The project is a parabolic reflection of its subject matter, the redacted and silenced voices of the oppressed.” – The Year’s Best Packaging by A Closer Listen (2016)

→ “Dark Sound tells a story that few want to hear, but that all need to hear: a story of a culture obliterated by greed and “progress.” – Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape by A Closer Listen (2016)

→ “Mikel R. Nieto’s “Dark Sound” truly has love for its surroundings” – Beach Sloth (2017)

→ “The pervasive “black”, eventually, doesn’t hide anymore, but becomes the mandatory colour to engage with, in order to learn and understand what has been hidden, but must now be revealed.” – Neural (2017)