‘Vol I: Winter 2013’ is the first compilation to be released by The Upstate Soundscape radio show/blog. It features experimental artists at work exclusively in Upstate NY/Southern Ontario region. The compilation features a mix of previously recorded material, including live recordings, with material that was recorded especially for the comp.
Look for the next comp to come out in the Spring. Artists interested in submitting a track in consideration for future comps should get in touch. And thank you to the artists for contributing their work to this comp.
1) Alfred Brown, The Flowers Open As If to Praise Their Creator (Buffalo)
2) Damian Valles, Old Quarters (Fenelon Falls, ON)
3) SIGHUP, x87 (Toronto)
4) Claymation, Candlelight Eggs (Troy, NY)
5) Thoughts on Air, Glory Skies (Those Eyes) (Hamilton)
6) M. Mucci, Live at MSAC (Nov. 29, 2012) (Guelph)
7) Mandala Channel, Writhing (Buffalo)
8) Leah Rico, Bëacen (Albany)
9) Andris Balins, Its All Through Us (Oneonta, NY)
10) Shape Shifting Shepherds, Stratified Myriad (Jackson/ Charlton)
11) SlowPitch, People for Dolls (Toronto)
12) Chapels, Teeth (Buffalo)
13) Stone Baby, Leap Into the Void (Rochester)
Bonus Track: Needles Numark, In-Studio Soundscape Mix (Buffalo)
Released by: The Upstate Soundscape
Release/catalogue number: UpSS01
Release date: Jan 3, 2013
Location: Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (Twin Bridges), Halfmoon NY
Date: June 26, 2012
Equipment Used: AKG C1000S, Apogee One, Macbook Pro
Setting: Mono (stationary)
Recorder: Baird Buchanan (Claymation)
Description: A good friend and I came here after work to hopefully catch some heavy rush hour traffic sounds from under the bridge. It really turned out to be a great spot, the underside of the bridge acted like a large reverb chamber for the all the traffic sounds as well as the multitude of nature sounds coming from banks of the Mohawk river. Hearing the mix of engines, tires, pavement and wildlife all blended together gives quite a good representation of the area. Hope you enjoy it!
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’s ambient 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.
This recording is also featured in the new Claymation track “Down Bubble.”
July 18 is World Listening Day, a global event organized by the World Listening Project. According to the WLP website, the point of World Listening Day is to:
- to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology
- to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography
- to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices
July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. Schafer is also the author of The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, a book that helped to define many of the terms involved with the acoustic ecology movement and inspired the title of The Upstate Soundscape.
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.
1) Daniel Padden, “Dancer’s Reverse,” Ship Chop (Dekorder)
2) Incantation, “On the Wing of a Condor” On the Wing of a Condor (Beggar’s Banquet)
3) M. Nageswara Rao, “Telisi Rama Chintanato,” The Ten Graces PLayed on the Vina (Nonesuch)
4) Cluster & Eno, “One,” Cluster & Eno (Sky)
5) Mercury Rev, “Endlessly-Instrumental,” Delta Sun Bottle Neck Stomp Single (V2)
6) Gary Numan, “Photograph,” This Wreckage (Beggar’s Banquet)
7) Ducktails, “Deck Observatory,” Landscapes (Olde English Spelling Bee)
9) Dimension 5, “Echo,” The Electronic Record for Children (Mississippi/Change)
10) Jacob Gotlib, “Scape After Louise — I. Dusk (Squaring the Circle)”
11) University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio, “Summer Idyl,” Electronic Music
12) Aaron Charles, “KYD021084”
13) Claymation, “Oregons”
14) Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker, “Hymn to the Idea of Night,” Fantasma Parastasie (Alien8)
15) Pregnant Spore, “Mi Manchi Cosi Tanto de Farmi Male”
16) Cinncinatus C, “Autumn w Alyssa”
17) Bear Flames, “Bad Knee”
18) Dimension 5, “Goodbye,” The Electronic Record for Children (Mississippi/Change)
The Upstate Soundscape Group on Soundcloud is coming along nicely. Take a peak here to see what’s been uploaded or to add your own sounds. All songs added to the group will be considered for airplay on each week’s show and for a featured blog post like this one.
Our first featured track from the Group comes from one of the show’s regulars Albany’s Claymation. Enjoy.
1) SlowPitch, “No Turning Back,” REPLCMNT
2) ProEf, “Fading DeLights,” All Eye Know
3) Beta Cloud, “Crystaline,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
4) VWLS, “Maurauder Water,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
5) Alfred Brown, “I’m Not a Fox for Nothing,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
6) Mutus Liber, “Hesitation Resources,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
7) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
8) Parashi, “Car char odonto saurus,” Parashi/Granitkorridor Split (Stunned Records)
9) Benoît Honoré Pioulard, “A Land Which Has No End,” Plays Thelma (Desire Path Recordings)
10) Claymation, “Solidarity,” The Dolphin Key (Magnetic Eye Records)
11) Richard Lainhart, “Live @ Alfa Art Gallery 4.9.11”
Claymation, 'The Dolphin Key' (Magnetic Eye Records)
With The Dolphin Key, Claymation asserts a substantial amount of potential within the ambient/post-rock field. While each of the six tracks on The Dolphin Key is certainly distinguishable from one another, they each follow a similar format of patiently building from a stern awareness to an encompassing restlessness, many climaxing in that wonderful white noise that is so hard to employ correctly.
It is not easy to stick to a format and not be formulaic, but the Albany-based guitarist pulls this off for really no other reason than each track counts on endurance as the key to surprise. Take for instance “Clawrinse,” perhaps the albums strongest track. Slow motion, yes, dolphin sounds begin a slow foray into enveloping ambient rustling that throughout the fourteen and a half minutes never transition so much as gather force, until, once you take a step back, your headphones have been overtaken by a sonic wash out. Indeed, this album has the ability to move you from a pleasant focus to discord without you even knowing it.
Pulling the proverbial rug from ones feet is difficult to do, and Claymation does it several times in The Dolphin Key to great effect.
Looking to the future, there are many ways for Claymation to grow from here. One could always sample more marine animals (the octopus key?), but I have feeling that Claymation will surprise again. Whatever direction is taken, I for one am quite excited to see what comes next.
Review by Fjordan Turlingua