Sound is a short documentary put together by Brendan Hoyt about artist Baird Buchanan aka Claymation. The documentary follows Buchanan around as he collects field recordings in and around Albany. Field recordings play a prominent part in Claymaytion’sambient soundscapes and he even provided a one for our [Soundmark] series.
In honor of World Listening Day (July 18) we are launching our new [Soundmark] series. Here is the first [Soundmark] from Albany’s Baird Buchanan. Check yesterday’s post for background info. Stay tuned for more [Soundmarks] to come. If you want to contribute to the series, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Location: Cohoes Falls, Cohoes NY
Date: May 12, 2012
Equipment Used: 2 AKG C1000S, MAudio Fast Track Pro, Macbook Pro
Setting: Stereo (stationary)
Recorder: Baird Buchanan (Claymation)
Description: It was a beautiful Saturday evening when I started recording the falls with the sun on its way down. I was able to capture some wildlife as well as some visitors enjoying the view which all livened up the atmosphere even though the drone of the falls is the dominant sound. I ended up pointing one mic at the actual falls and the other at 180 degrees towards the large hyrdo release jet to really capture the roar of standing between these two massive forces of water.
In honor of World Listening Day, The Upstate Soundscape will launch a new regular series called ‘Soundmarks.’ Schafer wrote that Soundmarks “make the acoustic life of a community unique.” The Upstate region has a diverse geographical setting that is filled with unique and interesting soundmarks. We will begin cataloging those soundmarks into a soundmap or sound survey, like those in Montreal and London.
This is conceived as an open collaborative project that anyone can contribute to. All you need is a simple field recorder and an ear for the Soundmarks in your own environment. If you’d like to record a Soundmark and contribute it to the blog, email us at Upstatesoundscape@gmail.com for more info.
To commemorate World Listening Day, we will post our first Soundmark tomorrow, which was contributed by Baird Buchanan, an Albany-based artist that records under the name Claymation. Check back tomorrow to take a listen and get a feel for what the Soundmarks will be like.
Also, on this week’s episode of The Upstate Soundscape, the first hour of the show will be dedicated soundmarks, phonography, hydrophones, and music that makes use of field recordings in honor of World Listening Day.