Posts Tagged: sound

My wife, wondering why I stuck an audio recorder in her face.

I don’t remember what the original purpose of this audio was but I wanted it to have some life.

I stumbled upon this old track while looking for something else. It’s a drone with some metal sparkle bits.

San Francisco Siren

Every Tuesday at noon San Francisco’s emergency sirens are tested. I captured this audio from my old rooftop in the Outer Sunset.

Sitting in front of a fire, beneath an open pavillion in the rain. It’s hard to tell what’s the crackle of fire and the patter of rain. Both are so nice I had to capture some audio.

Tracking the International Space Station from a roof in San Francisco


Traveling over 17,500mph the International Space Station (ISS) completes 15.4 orbits per day. NASA’s “Spot the Station” will alert you via email or text when the ISS will fly over your head. With your feet planted firmly on the ground, you can easily see the ISS stream across the sky, over 200 miles above. It’s amazing and inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Give it a shot. To see what the 6 ISS astronauts see, check out this live camera feed.

This piece explores my first viewing.

The sound design/music elements were created from a combination of original composition, audio captured by NASA onboard a shuttle launch, and an excerpt from “Lux aeterna” by the magnificent Polish composer Pawel Szymanski.

 

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original.

The Rite of Spring, Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original.

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original.

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original.

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original. Enjoy, lots more to come.

Famous Songs >> Fast Forward.

I’ve been having fun with the fast forward button on my CD player. Using classic songs that are recognizable, interesting textures can be created without losing the identity of the original. Enjoy, lots more to come.

Aleatoric

The Hilliard Ensemble performing Perotin’s polyphony while an immense backhoe with steel tracks rumbles down the street.

Aleatoric

I work from home a lot, and often listen to long strecthes of wordless music. Vocal music is too distracting for me, but instrumental is welcome company. One of my all time favorite players is the surly yet nearly infallible Keith Jarrett. A curious thing happened the other day while listening to his 2002 Tokyo solo concert.

It’s like he stepped on an effects board, adding filters, delay, some stereo rotary effects. It was kinda out. And, it wasn’t real. It was YouTube or the Internet twisting the dials on me from behind the smoke and curtains. It was cool though. Stick with it and you’ll hear the signal right itself and the acoustic piano return. It’s worth it.

My favorite home aleotoric moment captured on tape is still a performance of Bach’s Violin Sonata #2 BWV 1003 + some car horn. Similar scenario to above. Working from home, listening to Rachel Podger play this work when a nearby car just had to sing along.

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The first weekend in October in San Francisco can never come soon enough. The weather’s usually perfect, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass settles into Golden Gate Park. I take off work, always putting out of town on my calendar, and let everyone know to expect nothing of me. Nothing but sitting in the park and hearing everything I can. It’s a true blessing and likely my favorite weekend of the year.

Below is a recording I made of Dr. Ralph Stanley solo. 86 years old, born 1927 in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia. He’s been singing and picking bluegrass for 6 decades.