(Thanks to Tanya for taking notes)
We kicked off the night with introductions and each of us shared a sound we had heard recently that we might associate with a color or shape.
Tanya, a composer and musician heard and was ever-calmed by the sounds of falling rain. Tanya associates the sounds with being enclosed and secure, sheltered and cozy more than with a specific color.
Jocelyn, a podcast producer and media consultant heard recently the wind scurrying across the siding of the house and connected it with light pink more as an exploration of the ways that colors and descriptive language can evoke different impressions in sound (something she's been playing with in her writing and storytelling recently).
Sharon, a trained audio engineer, introduced us to a song that came to mind recently that was refreshing to her with its new sonic feel. Shanon felt that it expressed a little lavender or maybe more of a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes (possibly influenced by the video).
Kesley- sound artist and teacher and heard wind chimes and associated that with the color blue (sort of calming and a little more fluid).
Henry- mixed media artist, amateur luthier, and multi-instrumentalist /composer, heard a chirping bird on a walk and two colors were on his mind that day: white blossoms and vibrant greens. The sounds were on a walk in Arlington VA.
SHARON shared audio and video work by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dQn_JMuASM
“In honor of Women's History month, “Minnie Lives”, produced and written by V.C.R, is an ode to women everywhere. Birthed from the growing pains of a physically and emotionally abusive relationship, this offering is a gift, a journey through the mind of a healing violinist. Named after her heroine Minnie Riperton, its storybook cinematic quality is sure to transport the listener into her own world of fantasy soul. Perfectly paired, the poet and ingenious rapper Pink Siifu ends the song with a foreshadowing of what’s to come. This is the just appetizer of her upcoming EP releasing this summer. Enjoy, and meals like this are best savored slowly.”
- Henry heard it to be trip-hoppy-ethereal (even as he pushed back against the genre language that he associates with record labels). Liked thinking of it as a tribute and a play on words.
- Tanya was delighted by the unexpectedness of the genre and enjoyed the surprises that came along with it. Tanya noted that it had really effective visuals to pull in the audience focus and tune in.
- Henry heard some backward tracking which added “a little bit of spice.”
HENRY shared an original multimedia piece (with appreciation for poetry month)
- Sharon noticed the hawk imagery and lured Henry out to reveal that he is also a hobbyist photographer
- Tanya commented on this era of independent content creation and the various mediums that can be so expressive in this time. She found the work to be both intensely personal along with universal
- appreciating the homemade footage we can capture in this time of isolation, loss, meaning and the small universes we are all existing within.
- Jocelyn appreciated the line “your smile so far away” and the silence that followed especially in contrast to the visual illustrations that came before and after- that moment was a vivid sonic illustration of space. (Henry replied that he appreciated that noting that many of the musical masters he respects, from Debussy to Miles Davis, value and make use of space)
- Kelsey, mentioned that the work had her thinking about her students and what they are exploring and bringing together too. She referenced James Benning films and the camera pointing to the sky (for 2hours). (Henry: like Andy Warhol's Empire State Building)
- Conversation about Echkart Toll to wake up to this presence.
JOCELYN mixed up her previous run of water-themed recordings and instead tried playing out some spring sounds from another plane of listening – an active (water) bird fly-over.
- Sharon was surprised by how many different birds showed up
- Kelsey commented that the melodic birds were vary jarring with the sporadic honking of geese, and she enjoyed the interplay of elegance in bird song and then not with the geese.
KELSEY shared shared a Boschian Hellscape
She had been invited to do a remix of two stems from an artist. She manipulate the stems and layered in her own field recordings. She also created the visuals using footage from a motorcycle road trip with her Dad. Henry noted that the theme of the evening had turned out to be "memory".
TANYA/TANTRONIQ shared the opening six minutes of music from the Inside of Time. Applying techniques she normally only uses on her own field recordings, she used a small swatch from a public domain industrial film soundtrack.
We chatted a bit about career paths in music and audio, how to foster collaboration with other artists, and how non-linear all these paths tend to turn out to be.
SHARON shared Imogen Heap's The Creative Passport which allows artists to put their work out there in a findable format for collaboration and hiring.
An interesting idea!
TANYA later found the link to a webinar on "Careers in Audio" she had seen a week or two before. It has a nice array of panelists who shared a lot of info about their careers. Definitely worth checking out.
Looking forward to listening with you in May!