Contact microphone at Kandos Museum

Last week I was in Kandos to contribute to RealArtWorks' residency for Cementa.

They're a post-disability collective based in Lismore and I was tasked with collecting sounds for a musical project.

This is my third play with some of my contact microphone recordings and you can see that I've manipulated loops, while adding a few filters too.

naviarhaiku383 – hitting the leaves

 

The leaves in my street are changing colour and temperatures are dropping, so I can relate to the haiku shared by Naviar Records this week.

My track uses recordings from the grounds of Kandos Museum, which were collected using a contact microphone as part of RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Guitar solo


 

Disquiet Junto 0488 Reverse Delay

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week: Do something you’ve been putting off.

I'd been meaning to get started working with recordings made at Kandos Museum, which were collected using a contact microphone as part of RealArtWorks residency for Cementa.

Knowing the first remix is the hardest, I thought I'd throw all the samples together and get an idea how they sound.

Almost as soon as I recognised there was only so much I could manage with this track, I moved onto another and got a better result.

But you have to start somewhere, so I appreciated the Junto prompt to get this process started.

Delay distortion chorus


 

naviarhaiku382 – This side of the mountain


The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week speaks to me.

We're heading into autumn and I recently returned from a holiday at the beach.

It was hard to travel back over the mountain.

This carpet python was also enjoying the late summer sunshine.

Maladaptive pattern

Disquiet Junto 0487 Carillon Quotidian


The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Turn a recurring sound from your life into music."

It arrived as the mild summer seems to have given way to a mild winter, so I've been running the air-conditioner during the day to bring warm air into the house.

(During summer I run it at night to bring cool air in and sometimes, when it's really hot, I use the evaporative air-conditioning.)

When I stepped outside on Friday to record the hum of the fan, I noticed other activities around the house.

You can hear passing traffic and my neighbour was particularly shrill, but I also listened to the dripping of the tap -- which we let drip as birds will drink from it.

Then I noticed how the ants have been frenzied around 3pm and will disperse by the time my kids return home from school, which is kinda mysterious.

The ants are way more active than me!

As for the music, I wanted to do something with the glockenspiel that was part of my unsatisfactory Junto response last week.

That instrument sorta lends itself to being a carillon.

And I also wanted to record drums and tried to match the tempo of the dripping tap.

When you DJ and produce

Disquiet Junto 0486 Earths Days

The Disquiet Junto activity this week is to "Record a piece of music or sound celebrating Earth Day for or as if on another planet."

I had an idea to generate a piece of music from a recording of this xylophone I like in Griffith.

After playing around with the samples for a couple of hours, I feel like I've admitted defeat.

So the title refers to the graffiti I've seen that says "Earth without art is eh"!

When you get a good song in your head

How to make wind organs


Twelve years ago I published a video showing wind organs and 'the wires' atop a hill outside Wagga Wagga.


Over the last decade it has attracting more views than most of my favourite clips, as well as comments.


One request was for details on how to make wind organs, which is easier for me to detail than how to make 'the wires' as that instrument was made by Alan Lamb.

Anyway, I know it's late but I recorded a short tutorial video and am pleased to see the wonderful CDM website thought it was interesting too.

This piece is called 'Anxiety'

Disquiet Junto 0485 Strange Weather

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week is to "Remix the pure sounds of Chris Kallmyer’s traveling wind chimes to your own musical purposes."

The title "Strange Weather" brought to mind a story I shared at my Good Friday screening, which details the Earth's first ice age.

Remembering that I had video of my reading, I set to remixing Kallmyer's wind chimes by lazily reversing the recording and let the glorious Valhalla Shimmer reverb do the heavy lifting.