Aug '08 - Jun '10
Arrived in Korea last night from Honolulu, with a stop at Narita. All the time in transit afforded me a few lessons in Hangeul script, which I am now able to read but at a very slow pace. I also had a chance to work on my sound, of which I've recorded almost 18 hours but sadly have only had time to process and produce about 20 minutes worth. If you think sorting photos is a pain in the ass...
The title of my podcast is Soundscrapers: a sonic slice through the global military atmosphere. So why record sound in the first place? What does it matter for architecture and the fellowship I am on?
The act of collecting sound mediates my experience to a far lesser degree than photography, and the spatial and temporal depth is vastly superior. Sound is everywhere, it cannot be escaped. We have also learned to focus our ears and edit sound out. When I record, everything is taken in. The microphones are swollen sponges. The task, then, is to re-focus the ambient sound in deliberate manipulations. Editing is an act of design.
For the sound of Panama, I sought out a continuous space, smoothing over breaks in time. This corresponded with my experience, beginning with a red-eye flight out of LA, connecting in Houston and onward to Panama. Night becomes day becomes night. The jungle becomes the city becomes the jungle. Military space becomes touristic space becomes military space.
Plus, I talk to a really crazy guy who lives on a sailboat and is proud to have not had to kill anybody "in this incarnation".
Listen to 1: Panama:
My project for Hawaii, where I just spent 12 days, is in process. Another thing about recording sound is that it takes A LOT of time to edit, as you can't just "glance" at a piece of sound or flick through it. You have to wade through it. But I did produce a short piece about a trip I took inside an abandoned Navy ammo bunker.
Listen to 2: Waikele Ammo Bunker:
And last night on the plane I finished a piece from my trip seven weeks ago to the US/Mexico border. If you've ever wondered what the border sounds like, check out the last segment of this recording.
Listen to 3: Tijuana:
You can subscribe to the podcast here, though the Itunes link is currently not working.
And what's a post without something graphic? This is my updated itinerary:
Now off to find some food at Family Mart (a Korean 7-11).