Performed a great gig last week involving signification of electromagnetic fields through microphones that I made. It a fairly straightforward process to make the mics. Simply a matter a soldering inductors to unbalanced cables and plugs. Hooking up an audio interface, and running it all through a Max/msp patch. The results were really interesting. The ensemble all had different devices to produce sound. Bike lights, mobiles, the laptops were all fair game. Thanks to the audience. The performance was recorded so I hope to put a sound file up in due course. Anybody else into this sort of thing?
This is what I am listening to tonight. I had forgotten just how good a vocalist Paulo Nutini is. Wow this is great.
This is what I've been listening to this week. The wonderful Iannis Xenakis. His composition methods were rooted in science and technology, especially gas particles. His music represents clouds of sound. La Légende d'Eer is quite a scary listen (for me anyway) but a masterpiece. Constantly and slowly morphing as new material is introduced. 45 mins of music. Enjoy.
I mentioned that I was working on the Impossible Inaudible soundwalk in my last post.
That is now completed and centred around George Square, The Quartermile and Nicolson Square in Edinburgh. Its run on the NoTours platform and will be there to listen to at any time. What a great way to spend a few days.
The recording of Edinburgh street sounds was very interesting. I happened to step into a church for a few minutes to have a look around and, unbelievably, suddenly the organ struck up - the organist was practising. The recorder was running and I caught the tune. What amazingly good luck. I placed those sounds in George Square under an ancient Oak tree. Those that enter that part of the soundwalk will hear majestic organ playing under the tree canopy.
Here's the fly on the wall recording. Its very peaceful......
....and here is the tree that it can be heard under. There are many other sound files on this walk. All different and all fascinating.
I am currently working on a project called the Inaudible sound walk. If you really listen, rather than screening out the background you will all sorts of interesting noises. I spent three (very cold) hours recording in Edinburgh yesterday.
The next stage is editing and placing them on the map so listeners can hear on their mobiles or tablets.