“You will make four recordings of yourself walking. You will then combine those recordings as you see fit into a single original piece of music. You will add nothing to the four recordings. You can cut up and otherwise transform the source audio as you see fit, but it should always be recognizable as the sound of walking. The resulting track will explore various themes, including texture, rhythm, percussion, momentum, and the inherent musical qualities of field recordings.”
My recordings were done at work. It’s a sprawled out, single-floor facility of connected buildings that transitions from industrial document processing to open office cube farm.
I’ve down this road before, having made field recordings in the same spaces that became the basis for my track “Office Ghosts” – markrushton.bandcamp.com/track/office-ghosts
One of the recordings was done outdoors while walking on the grass. In the background there’s a bit of road whine from the traffic passing along on Interstate 80.
Beyond a blending of the recordings, I only added reverb, a bit of delay, and eliminated most of the low-end via an EQ plug-in.
The original version ran almost 5 minutes, but after repeated listening I thought a 102 second stretch towards the end was the most interesting, so I made a final cut.
I don’t know how “musical” it is, although the passing sounds might provide a hint. It’s mostly rhythm and texture.
More on this 91st Disquiet Junto project, which explores the musical qualities of footsteps, at:
More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
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