We're skipping the Dec Listening Lounge so that you can have more time to actually lounge, and record and listen to the world around you AND brainstorm Sound Scene ideas!
Highlights from November are below. Many many thanks to Lynn for hosting.
ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO as mentioned:
This is a great time to brainstorm about YOUR contribution to Sound Scene. No, not $$ (breathe deep)! Your creative contribution.
- Do you have an idea for how to bring sound alive?
- A way to touch, see, change or impact sound as you listen?
Get the ideas churning and look out for the Request for Proposals coming your way very soon. Remember think: interactive audio, live performances, small group workshops and more!
Introductions/Prompt: Thanksgiving plans with a nod to the sounds we associate with them
- Teague: looking forward to the quiet pause and clink of silverware and glasses just as the shared meal begins
- Rene: aunt is moving and offering him her extensive record collection; he’s looking forward to listening to a lot of music he may or may not want to keep
- Beau: will be with a family with two adopted daughters, looking forward to sharing photographs and music, testing his new phone
- Mina: will be visiting friends in Gainesville; there will be horses and she’s looking forward to hearing what a horse sounds like
- David: visiting parents outside Atlanta where it is very quiet and he can see the stars. Looking forward to hearing his father sing.
- Lynn: will have a houseful and is looking forward to collecting more oral history
- Sharon: no plans, but now she’s looking forward to paying attention to the sounds she encounters!
- Henry: looking forward to church, a light meal, and time with his two distance learning classes on guitar, technique, maybe do some composing
- Bond: joining his first Friendsgiving, looking forward to the sounds of cooking he expects to be generated by his friend/hostess who is an excellent cook
- Nico – arrived after intros...
Bond brought “Peeps” by DJs Rawle Night Long and 33mm, released on Jubrub label. Rawle is Bond’s colleague, he DJs and collaborated to create this work, inspired by an EDM Festival. “Peeps” is available online: https://soundcloud.com/rawlenightlong. We thought it would be cool to see the spectrograph of the piece, which included all sorts of sounds.
Sharon shared a piece she collaborated on when the friend of a friend died suddenly, maybe from an overdose. Sharon’s friend is a dancer and performed the piece as a tribute to her friend, combining a joyful Facebook Live recording made days before the woman’s death while she took a walk outside, with music. Sharon’s friend chose Jidenna’s “Bambi”; Sharon ripped audio from FB Live and put it together with the song. We liked the results and reflected on how “real” the recording felt; the wind noise provided an evocative sound thread like water, or blood. Sharon thinks there might be video of the dance performance that she can share.
Beau is experimenting with apps on his new Android phone that allow recording and visualization of the audio. He played a “rough version” recording he made in a stream gully near his home, with sounds of water and crunching leaves – and then shared “Swiss Balconey.wav” https://freesound.org/people/Zozzy/sounds/59723/ as an example of what he’d like to create eventually.
Henry demonstrated his handmade guitar (from a cigar box – part of a long and venerable tradition of homemade instruments, we learned), played an original composition, shared part of a pre-recorded piece that was very different in sound and feel, and played a nontraditional arrangement of a traditional song. He plays open mics and will be performing this weekend with Balalaika Society. http://www.balalaika.org
Nico participated in a Cities and Memory (https://citiesandmemory.com) challenge, using a recording of waves captured in Italy and combining it with various white noise tracks to explore the tension and fine edge between pleasure and pain of certain sounds. He pulled various white noise recordings from MyNoise (https://mynoise.net) This generated a whole discussion about what we do – or do not – like in white noise and what makes sounds restful, soothing, or not.