With its yelling whistle sound, this groundhog is telling his brothers and sisters to stay in their cave. None of the alpine hikers was aware of the fear they had caused to those almost invisible animals, until the alarm cut through the sonic scenery.
Stereo recording near Gaisstein, Hohe Tauern, Austria
Here goes a lovely video edit by Herman Koekkoek who filmed our gig at City Art Rotterdam in April 2016. The song is about the dark fate of a homeless man. The synth was entirely built out of samples blowing empty bottles, those items that he had once tried to make a living of.
During the residency program Ortung in Stuhlfelden, Austria, I developed a solo set, reflecting on the music and the stories in the village. On the musical level everyday objects were reinterpreted as rough instruments and recorded sounds were turned into virtual instruments in order to invent traditional music. Two analog instruments werde built during that period: the ”Pazifistenbogen“, a plucked bow for archery put on a resonating bucket, and the ”Uschindel“, a sort of marimba of shingles which were lined up according to the Arabic scale.
Here go some snippets of the solo set “Fremde Heimatfunde”.
Between August and September 2016 I had the pleasure to participate in the site-specific art project ”Ortung” in the Austrian Alps. Living between old staples, longing for mountain tops, watching traditional craftsmanship and last but not least sharing stories with the locals of Stuhlfelden led to productive weeks.
The interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographers Toshiko Oka and Karl Baumann, media-artists Maria Morschitzky and Thomas Hörl, plus painter Diala Brisly were fruitful and always warm-hearted.
The section “pieces” provides more information on the solo set which I developed alongside. Here go some snippets of ”Fremde Heimatfunde“.
Toy animals and toy soldiers crawling on the pavement, posh Siberian high heels, megaphones announcing the best deals in town, music and all other signs of a consumers’ mess. Ulitsa Uritskogo in Irkutsk, from one end to the other, binaural recording.
This recording is part of a larger series about the sound of Siberia.
Electronic kits can be worthwhile for us as field recording geeks. This time I bought the Kemo kit for a Listening Stethoscope since I was interested in amplifying the softest of sounds, such as wind blowing through the trees. For the price of 11.80 €, I was skeptical at first but with a little soldering the board works just fine. The official product description is quite shady when they say that their device enables you to listen through walls, etc. Apparently somebody lacked the fantasy of doing something legal with the stethoscope.
However, if you look for a quick and dirty recording of soft sounds, the Kemo Listening Stethoscope is a good choice, since the IC’s triple op amp enhances ordinary sounds very well. But still, don’t expect crystal clear one-to-one realistic recordings, you need to be able to either filter out or ignore the high frequency noise. Another challenge is to keep the right distance between mic and headphones because the device is so sensitive that it is prone to feedback. Needless to say, you’ll only get a mono recording.
For you to get an impression, I made a very dirty recording out of the window with somebody practicing the violin next door. I connected the headphone output with a male mini jack that went into the line in of my old Tascam DR-07.
As a collaboration with Ekkehard Windrich, Sonoscoop started an avantgarde-pop project fiddling with field recordings. To find out what’s inside, you can listen to all tracks of the demo on Bandcamp.
sound design, compositions and recordings by Kathrin Grenzdörffer