Friday, December 25, 2009

Sound of the day

hiss spit shriek growl...the sounds made by poor bailee when we had a little misunderstanding concerning the time she needed to return to her cage. of note is that my memory of hearing these sounds are less clear given that all of my other senses were otherwise engaged in the wee tussle we had. something to do with memory - sound...memory of sound...maybe being more heightened the less involved one's other senses are...i can remember grappling, dodging...the movements...and the sounds are like a memory appendix. more clear are the sounds bailee made as i was carrying her - heeeech....

Saturday, November 28, 2009


make a location recording. later draw from memory the location/experience and use the image as graphic score to record further sounds. add to the location recording to complete the aural memory diary.

the field recording is of an old water pump that was sitting outside at the okains bay maori and colonial museum (banks peninsula, new zealand). hinemoana made the recording while i operated the pump (without water!). i then made the above drawing a week later and played it using electric guitar, knitting needle and ping pong ball. the result is old pump diary...

Sunday, November 15, 2009


create a constellation from stories, objects and observations from your week

Monday, November 2, 2009

TILT Explained

TILT = The Incredible Little Thing or The Incredible Little Task

TILT is a creative process exercise which is carried into daily life for a week or so and then pops out in whatever form it does - drawing on the events, sights, sounds, smells of the world, people, events, dreams, impulses...

they are inspired by the desire to remain open to imagination, magic, unexpected serendipities - those gifts that burst through what otherwise may be a week of routine and predictability. they tune us deeper into what is around but may be missed.

they are inspired by others who have created space for the same magics to occur - like Learning to Love You More

i invite you to join me in a little TILT or two and would be love to add any of your creations here!


answer the following questions using sounds, not words
1 what is it?
2 where does it live?
3 what is its favourite food?

this exercise became a short piece called requiem in paper and tape. it uses paper, tape, contact mic and feedback and was a first take effort for immediacy

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chocolate factory machines

i have been collecting and composing with sounds from the Nyco Chocolate Factory in Kapiti. i have developed quite a fondness for the machines, which have names like Twiggy, R2D2, Tom, Bertha, and One Shot. The people are pretty good too.

Sound of the day

1. the high pitched squeal of potato chips under the grill
2. the rolling of skateboard wheels from across a valley

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Flyus Crackius

as an extension to the creation of the sonic creatures, i am inviting people to provide visual sketch, photo, graphic of the creature based on the recordings. with your permission i will upload it here.

Flyus Crackius was created by Chaz Fitzgerald (CW recording/some processing).

also listen to the Flyus Crackius when it is agitated.

Sonic Creatures

'...we are creating a new visible world that requires a fresh healing approach to the invisible world where lie the narratives that shape our lives...

...although the myths we are living are largely subterranean - we are not much aware of their influence or even their nature - we can glimpse them...

...the essence of religion is to see the sublime and the awesome in the lowliest of things...'
from Thomas Moore - Original Self

The following are journal note excerpts describe the process which lead to the formation of Sonic Creatures.


Fiona Hall's Force Field - what a fantastic exhibition - made me think again about bending sound - all those PVC pipes has me wishing that sound could be containered - that the boundaries were more concrete, perceivable, containable, defineable - wish sound could have an invisible field around it so that you could see or sense this containment. A parcel of the moment i hate how it dissipates and spreads. i want it in neat little containers like the subterranean beaded beings of Fiona Hall's.


creation of a world of 'subconscious sound species'

an idea that has emerged from my imaginings in that initial waking stage...a stage of consciousness which is characterised by openness, imagination, a sort of not-yet-remembering-who-i-am...the emerging time...a magical time when all those attachments that govern how we think, or are used to thinking are suspended and we allow newness to enter. this is a great time for an idea to emerge...particularly as the idea itself can discuss the subconscious or workings of the subconscious and play and the extinct or undiscovered or the subterranean or what is beneath....undiscovered...untapped untamed

the essence of the idea is to give people a series of exercises whereby the end result is that they create a creature using found materials and combining them to make a combination of sounds which will become the creature. There seem to be various steps involved which include:

  • identifying sound elements - i think it would be good for people to collect objects/surfaces based on what they gravitate towards (not for sound reasons)
  • explore sound properties of each and in combination
  • choose one or a few 'personality' sounds - distinctive sounds that are integral to the items - that link them and seem to stick
  • identify the creature and name it - give it a scientific name/description
  • capture the data - record sound/photograph or sculpt materials to form

according to an old tradition in both the east and the west, when a human being has crafted some object beautifully and properly, a spirit will be so enticed by it that it will take up residence in that thing...'
Thomas Moore - Original Self

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sound of the day

ice dropped into a glass of blackcurrant juice and soda water makes beautiful muted clunkings and tappings

Thursday, October 15, 2009


a fantastic site for the sound enthusiast and armchair traveller (like myself). i can explore the world a little each day in preparation for being there. I have added the floating walkway recording to the mix and will continue to share my sound discoveries along the way.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

floating walkway

one highlight of my trip to brisbane was the discovery of the floating walkway - an 870 metre walkway that floats on the river. as boats go past, the waves generated by them created movement on the walkway resulting in singing tones. This also combines with the footsteps of walkers, joggers, talkers and bird-life.

i recorded this environment using a lapel microphone which was inserted into a metal tube on the walkway.