Before the start of 2013, I spent a while thinking through a couple of things about 12 Gates to the City that I’ve been finding problematic. Firstly, I’d come to realize that I was only spending sporadic periods of time both listening and recording, invariably clustered around specific projects. I wanted to find a way to not only make myself pick up my recording gear more often, but also to do so on a more consistent basis than the present small bursts of activity.
Secondly, the acoustic map, which has been laying dormant for some time, seemed to me to not really be functioning in the way that I wanted. The original idea was to create an ever-increasing collection of geolocated field recordings, but instead I ended up with a decontextualized mess; important or at least interesting information was lost through presenting the field recordings in this way. Sound maps are great for many reasons, and I’ll continue to produce them for other things, but I decided it would be best to archive this one.
In its place, and as a way to hopefully meet my first problem, I have started what I have entitled the hebdomadal sound project. Taking inspiration from my photography project that has been running for over four years, the plan is to produce one field recording a week and upload it to the project page, complete with some context (maybe a photograph, certainly a bit of text).
Apart from a minimum of at least one recording made and uploaded each week (it may transpire that on occasion more than one a week is uploaded), I’m not going to impose any further rules or restrictions, such as subject matter, length, or style of recording. I’m going to see whether I can do this for the duration of 2013; beyond this, we shall see…
You can find the hebdomadal sound project page here, and all of the original recordings can be freely accessed and downloaded (in higher quality than presented on the project page) from The Internet Archive here.
To wrap up 2012, here are a few projects that I’ve been involved in over the last few months…
London Boutique Bar Show, September 2012
For Paul Tvaroh, proprietor of Lounge Bohemia in London, I produced a soundtrack for a bar he assembled in an elevator during the London Boutique Bar Show, from which he served espresso-based cocktails. The soundtrack consisted of Italian lounge music, recordings of cafe ambience, and of a closely miked espresso machine.
Lustre 1.0 is an audio-visual-olfactory installation that combines sculptural forms, untreated field recordings, video, light, and scent.
Running each evening between 24th August – 2nd September from 10-10.15pm at The Institute, Edinburgh, Lustre 1.0 is a collaboration between Marta Poprawa, Jonathan Prior, and Ericka Duffy, with technical support from New Media Scotland.
A couple of projects that I’ve recently been involved in are now up online. Firstly, in April I contributed to a fascinating evening held at Inspace as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, which investigated the science of beverage production (specifically beer, coffee, and bitters). In collaboration with Jamie Carmichael, I produced an audio-visual installation focused on beer production in Alloa, Scotland. Click here for more information.
I have finally updated the acoustic map with recordings made during my visit to Slovakia last year. The following are a selection of these recordings, as I wanted to present some with a little bit of contextual information not supplied on the map. As you will see, most of the recordings are along, over, and in, the Danube river, as I spent the majority of my time recording here for this project. As ever, headphones are recommended.
I spent almost half of September in Bratislava, Slovakia, working on 3 different projects. Firstly, I produced a sound installation as part of a group exhibition entitled ‘Wind and Time’ at ANSIL Gallery (details here). Secondly, I helped to run a week-long art radio project (details here), and thirdly I created an audio tour for the Slovak National Gallery (details here).
Next week I am off to Bratislava to help run an experimental radio station (see the poster above for details, and visit here).
The radio stream can be heard here. If you use twitter, you can follow the project here.
During the week I will have a 15 minute sound piece installed at ASIL Gallery (details here).
After this, I will be spending a few days at the Slovak National Gallery to create sound interpretations of some paintings and photographs produced on the banks of the Danube River.
Back in April myself and Michael Gallagher hosted natural history sound recordist Chris Watson for a couple of days here in Edinburgh. Below is a five minute documentary piece Michael and I produced, based on interviews and sound recordings made during a workshop with Chris along the North Berwick coast.
My friends over at the TimeInventorsKabinet have put out a call for participation in a radio art project. From the blurb:
COL-ME (Bratislava, Slovakia) invites radio makers, collectives and radio stations to take part in the making of a temporary radio station scheduled according to wind-time – our very own TIK Radio, to be transmitting over the TIK Radiodays from the 6th – 11th of September 2011.