Back in September 2014, L and I spent a weekend at a family friends farm near Yankalilla. One morning a went out to make some recordings across the property – exploring the surrounding scrub, hills, gullies and creeks. Near the homestead there’s a dam where I made some hydrophone recordings. Though I’d listened back to some of my above-grond recordings made around the farm, I never got around to properly examining these hydrophone recordings.
I was going through some Fleurieu-centric recordings, scouring my archive for some material to put on the Fleurieu Sound Map when this one came up and it piqued my interest. I imported it into RX, tweaked the EQ and gain slightly and it came to life. What is revealed is an underwater environment teeming with life and activity – everywhere. The spatial quality that I captured in this recording is very impressive. I thought I’d mislabelled this with one of Rolf Julius’ dense polytextured installation pieces. There’s a lot going on here.
The recording consists of three primary sound elements:
A high-pitched cloud of incessant activity – micro-gestures, metallic flutters, sibilent voices and crackles.
Distinctive scratching and rhythmic activity of (what I presume are) yabbies. There’s some really nice foregrounded polyrhythmic activity that can be heard distinctly on the left and right channels.
A myriad of other voices – some weaved into the texture of dense sonic clouds, others emerging occasionally into the foreground. A variety of squeaks, flutters, gurgles and other related verbs and adjectives that currently elude me.
The Path Described” creates moments of reminiscing, which are sometimes very cautious and then again astonishingly impressive.
A lovely suprise today to be informed that my 2013 release, The Path Described has recently been reviewed by the German online magazine, FieldRecording.de. If you check it out, you’ll need to run it through google translate or similar. With kind thanks to Sebastian-Thies Hinrichsen.
Long overdue updates to the Fleurieu Sound Map! A selection of recordings from the Carrickalinga sojourn last May as well as a couple of curios from the camping ground in Normanville and a flock of corellas menacing a reserve in Yankalilla. http://www.tristanlouthrobins.com/fleurieu_sound…/index.html
I’m currently making some long overdue Fleurieu Sound Map updates and in addition to adding a bunch of Carrickalinga recordings from last May, I’ve pinned the ~almost~ exact location of the land sculpture I built in 2011, which was still there in May 2015. If you’re ever in the area, approximately 4km southwest of Lady Bay..
The People’s Weather Report is a global response to the enormity of climate change, from a number of very personal perspectives. In an installation created by eco designer Tanja Beer, using recycled materials and showcased during Going Nowhere, audiences are invited to experience a 24 hour sound work of original ‘weather reports’, collected from participants located around the world.