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Sound Waves is a project by Cities and Memory that forms part of World Listening Day 2015. It will celebrate and build on this year’s World Listening Day theme of water by presenting a collective re imagining of the sounds of water around the world and the role it plays in our lives.
Artists submit a field recording and re imagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound.
I tried out a number of field recordings for this project; walking around the central Birmingham area pointing my Zoom recorder at various rivers, canals, fountains etc…Nothing quite grabbed my imagination as I’d hoped!
Then back home my 16 year old son took an interest in what I was doing and instantly suggested our very own ‘Gurgling Basin’ – PERFECT!
30 minutes later - the field recording was finished and my mind was whirring with ideas after my son put his eye as close as possible to the plughole and asked “I wonder what’s actually down there?”
Using Camel Audio’s Alchemy environment I loaded up 4 different chunks from the original recording and set to work on the remix…
The final version uses granular and spectral techniques to warp the imported wave files + an additive synthesis layer weaving its way through the other threads to create the mysterious melodic motifs.