Below are some highlights from our December gathering.
Listening Lounge Highlights
Our December Listening Lounge began with a round robin of virtual loungers talking about “What sounds cold?”
Jocelyn, joining from MN, mentioned on a walk with a friend that friend pointed out how when the air is cold (it was -4 F) planes have a tinny sound when flying overhead. It's different from a moderate temperature listening experience. The planes sound much closer to the earth than usual.
Marva, joining from MD, said her cold sound is the old fashioned ice trays and those refreshing cubes clicking out.
George in Arlington VA, associatees the sound of car/truck exhaust with the cold
Ben from Anapolis, MD, recently completed the annual tree hike in Washington DC across the national Mall. This was the 25th year. This year he cheated (his words) and hopped on a scooter for the trip back to the Hawk and Dove bar (meeting spot), “after I fired up the scooter app, the metalic sound of the Bird scooter [was the sound] as I tried to get it strainingly up to speed in the cold. The electric motor of that bird scooter.”
Henry, from VA, offered up the sound of frozen leaves scooting across the parking lanes.
Barry from Gaithersburg MD, just started watching Dracula.
Discussion of a “wingy” which is a resonator and you can set the filters to different notes.
Audio began with a clip from Marva Shand-McIntosh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeJd6sTUXc
A “symphony of geese.” Marva wondered if their sounds change with age or gender (of geese)?
This recording series started with Marva's COVID isolation, “I was never sure if I would be taken down within the next week, so I wanted to leave something with my voice for my son...now I've done about 32 of them.”
In this case she scouted the site and came back for a dusk flight. Barry pointed out the value in scouting and preparing. Jocelyn mentioned it was a beautiful example of a living will – to pass along values and appreciations- a reflection of the things you notice and appreciate or are struck by.
Henry shared a live performance with a guitar outfitted with a
Continuum mini by Haken- a neoprene strip with markings for the notes so it's an 8 voice polyphonic synthesizer.
Conversations about how pressure can modify the tools. Then Barry pointed out that Henry might have forgotten to switch to “original sound” on zoom which led us to look forward to a second version “in quality.”
George shared audio he crafted after he received a fairly sad prompt from a friend whose father was suddenly ill and receiving hospice care. The family wanted to have letters sent while the dad was in hospice to read to him. George decided instead to share some audio crafted around a warm memory of time shared with his friend in New Hampshire during the peak foliage. His piece reminisced about the spot and its wonderful sights. He used a mash up of environmental sounds gathered from the internet as well as his own sounds and narration.
Henry said, it was a “Marva moment” a clear visualization of the space and time.
Barry noted the beauty and craft invested in it. “It was very evocative. A really thoughtful gesture, well-made.”
The group reflected further on audio and legacy and memories and the power of audio and video.
Marva noted the voice, the narration, was very much matching George's natural voice (not always easy to pull off). A restful and awesome gift.
Sound Scene coming June 3+4 2023 at the Hirshhorn www.soundscenefest.org
George gave a shout out for the documentary: “Sisters with transistors.”