This is another example of “things may look good but sound terrible”. I was attending a wine tasting one day which was given by experts. Please forgive me, I had a free ticket.
It was only through recording that I discovered how uncomfortable the situation was. The speaker’s fine suit does not appear in the recording, but the timbre of his voice is a better hint, I think.
If your dutch is rusty, this is a translation of what is being said.
-“The second glass.“
-“I don’t have anything yet.“
-“Oh, he drank it all.“
-“Anybody an idea what the… the second glass is?“
-“Exactly the same wine”
Trying to set some ideas straight, I decided to work on an essay that explores the potentials of electronic sound for songwriting. So far, most literature on electronic music appears to be either too technical or too arty — at least for my taste.
This essay is to find out how to use electronic sound as a meaningful narrative element in a song. The article “I will take what’s there and make it mine” will grow over time, feel free to stop by and comment every now and then.
On a crossroads in Barcelona protestors appear out of nowhere. They are not many but they block the traffic. tourists comment, drivers blow their horns and the poor protestors’ whistles almost drown in the noise at the crossroads.
Recorded in april 2011
right on my desk there is this colorful children’s book, called “der gefangene schall”, engl. the captured sound. as i am busy doing research for a new piece, i had to feed my program a line to fiddle around. so far it perfectly describes this flawy patch. and more, maybe.
Swear Anything deals with joyful hope that is motivated by superstitious belief. Remember the first bird you saw this year? That’s the spirit, enjoy.
If you are interested in the data background, go to the patches section.
Voilà, here goes a brand new song. Swear Anything deals with joyful hope that is motivated by superstitious belief. Remember how you felt when you heard the first bird singing this year? That’s the spirit, press play and enjoy.
a friendly photo automat in a touristic but hostile spot. but wait, this machine’s invitation sounds like a trap, does it?
boy singing at night, surrounded by his siblings. i still wonder whether the tragedy in his voice is the expression of suffering or pure drama. maybe both?
recorded in a pedestrian zone in mostar, bosnia.
Weird piano jazz-pop. Songwriting.
theatre piece 2010/2011
foto: Léon Richard
direction, production, playwright: De Theaterstraat
recordings, sound design, foley, composition, editing: Sonoscoop
During a tour around Delfshaven in Rotterdam, children have to solve riddles to give eternal rest to a ghost. Therefore, hints are provided via an mp3 player and the environment. As a crossover of radio play and street theater, the piece is being staged in spring 2011.
Some parts can be accessed by the play button below.