Play, pause, note, repeat, reverse, mix and edit…
In getting over the slight weirdness of having travelled in all of your pockets, I now have a body of sound to work with and it’s delightful. It has told me a lot of things.
In total, I am working with 24 separate tapes from places including London, Chicago, Dallas and beyond.
So far I have been on many journeys, on foot, by bike, on trains. I’ve cosied up to machinery and pets and I know what you hear when the alarm goes off in the morning. I’ve heard voices that are too far away to know what they are saying and listened to processes and a musical instrument. I’ve been logging the tape lengths, the literal translations of what I think I can hear and then what it puts me in mind of. Between these aspects there are some ideas already emerging, just a matter of whittling it all down.
Some of the themes come from the process of making this and some reference the sounds directly. To start with I have built the introduction audio – three layers and 3 different people. To be honest, it’s probably way more fun than it should be, so it must be right up my street – as well as walking down yours.
Thanks to everyone who committed a sound to the project. Now you have an idea of what I’m working with so here’s hoping I can make something worth while that links you all in some way.