Brief Encounter

Georgian staircase leads to experiment in sound fiction.

— So: you’re pacing this Georgian mansion recorder at hand, enjoying every creaky step and every rusty hinge.  You’re pretty sure you are alone, until one of the large heavy doors coughs up someone else.  The someone else smiles an unexpected hello from under their eyes, your reply gets half-caught in your throat.  It’s a…

Remixing a Memory

Cities & Memory is and exciting online project that attempts to ‘record both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart’. On the site, field recordings by international sound artists are accompanied by re-workings and interpretations that reimagine the locations in new and creative ways. C&M invites listeners to explore locations through…

Sounds of Prague

Ah, the creative archive. You know the one – those dusty digital folders diasporing all over the hard drive, treasuring buds of ideas ‘for future reference‘ and marked with inspiring labels such as ‘>random ideas<‘, ‘thoughts!’, ‘future projects??‘ (punctuation compulsory).   Being on a sort-of/self-employed maternity leave during these few weeks, I’ve found it the ideal time to go back rediscovering the contents of said…

Sound art as an imposition? Thoughts from ‘Listening for the City’ at The LAB

‘Beyond Noise and Silence: Listening for the City’ just concluded in Dublin: a two-part event focused on ‘exploring how the city’s sound environment might be used by artists, architects, and urban designers to activate experimental architectures, urban experiences, and new forms of public space‘.  It was a commendable move from Dublin City Council Arts Office to…

20 Sound-Related Podcasts to Foster Your Creativity

New year, new you.  New ideas, new inspiration, new resolutions, etc. etc. ‘Tis appears to be the season of more or less epic self-improvement overhauls. But what about the daily, unsung nuggets of inspiration we reach for everyday, working on our own within sound and art in general? In this post I’d like to particularly…

bumpology

So, the eagled-eyed among you will have noticed I haven’t been writing quite as much on this blog lately. This has been largely due to a growing, bump-y ‘creative’ project…accompanied by a whole lot of nausea on the side… Got it yet?  Yep, looks like the stork is in flight and has our house on…