share these recordings I realized an installation based around five simple collages,
each collecting excerpted wall recordings around a different theme. The collages
were loaded on very
small MP3 players, which were hidden in a wall in the center of Nodar.
The players were tucked into the wall so that they could not be seen; the desired
effect was of headphones emerging directly from the wall. I hoped that a listener
standing at the wall would be reminded in a very direct way that she was listening
to the soundscapes that hide in the walls, but are always nonetheless there.
you hear in these recordings are high-fidelity recordings of highly colored soundscapes.
For me this is a departure; in most other recordings on this site, what you hear
is my attempt to capture and share the most transparent recordings possible.
otherwise widens my sonic palette as a composer; but more interesting I think
is that it foregrounds the process (and inevitable failure) of my efforts at objective
documentation. Paradoxically my intuition says that the results are ultimately
more true to the world's soundscape, so much of which is, like what is captured
in these recordings, imperfect.
anyone interested, you can read my notes (PDF,
for a presentation I gave on the project to the people of Nodar and the surrounding
community; note that they were written for a 'lay' audience unfamiliar with sound
art or my own work and concerns.
this year I intend to revisit the recordings I made for this project to assemble
a single mix for CD release; in the meantime, here are my collages as they were
presented in Nodar on April 27, 2007. (And here is a Flickr
set documenting my residency.)