Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Friday, 7 August 2020
When the installation piece Music Machine 4 for 8 players was cancelled due to Covid-19 in March I looked for an alternative way of presenting it. In common with many people I discovered Zoom and thought that this would be a good way of getting it done. I got a eight people to agree to do it, delivered the kit to them (maintaining social distancing), sent them a video that showed how to set it all up, did a couple of small trial runs and finally recorded the whole thing last week.
In my trial sessions with Zoom I discovered that while it is great for video and splitting the screen into eight sections it is not so good for sound. I had to do a lot of audio editing to achieve a good result. Here is the final video:
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Thursday, 14 May 2020
My original intention was to create a music machine piece from some audio recordings made whilst we have been in lockdown. This was partly inspired by the Silent Cities project that has asked people to record the sound of their cities during the lockdown. It's described as 'a participatory monitoring programme of an exceptional modification of urban soundscapes during Covid-19 containment'. A similar project that I have contributed to is Pete Stollery's sound map which aims to capture sonic environments which have changed as a result of governments’ actions around the world to curb the spread of the virus.
As with all projects that have a relatively vague starting point the project has changed a little since I started it. I decided that rather than use recordings from my local neighbourhood that I would take my recorder with me when I went on my daily exercise (either walk or cycle). I have now made a soundmap that shows the locations where I have made recordings and it will play those recordings when the marker is clicked. It can be found here: