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Cities and Memory Hamburg

Today sees the launch of an exciting new project from Stuart Fowkes of the creative sound mapping site Cities and Memory, a project in which field recordings are presented alongside 'reimagined' versions which may take the form of electronic music tracks or atmospheric pieces of sound art.

Cities and Memory is a project I have contributed to before, remixing a field recording of the Campanile di Giotto church bells in Florence.

This new project documents a day in Hamburg told through sound, where 32 different sound artists have taken Fowkes's recordings and put their own stamp on them.

The sounds will be released over a 24 hour period, starting today (3/11/14) at midday until midday tomorrow here.

Look out for the piece I contributed, taking the recording of the British Airways flight announcement and turning it (as always) into something rather dark and glitchy. It is an exploration of malfunctioning technology, and the nightmarish feeling it can bring out in a system which is so implicitly trusted by everyone day-to-day. If everything on your flight malfunctioned at once, shattering the illusion of control, how would you react?

As this is my first official blog post here, I thought I'd start with a welcome!

While getting this site up and running, I've been busy working on a set of compositions based on the field recordings I collected through the end of the last year for the Cornwall Sound Map Project. The themes running through these compositions are to do with memories and journeys, and I feel they are quite personal to me in discovering my identity as an artist during my time at Falmouth University.

First off, I wanted to post a little clip of what I've been working on, they're not quite polished off yet, but they will be by the end of next week. The first section is a clip from a piece exploring the resonances of church bells and the intimidating feeling I get from church interiors. The second clip is from a piece which focuses on a journey through St Ives based on the recordings I gathered there on one day.

 

The second part to this update is to show the development of some DIY packaging I've been working on for the project. I have a strong DIY ethic when comes to how I approach my recording and composition work, and I wanted to carry this over into all aspects of my work, hence the decision to handmake my own CD packaging. As the pieces are based on the material from the Cornwall Sound Map Project, I wanted the packaging to fold out a little bit like a map. The pictures below show a rough prototype of how I hope to achieve this. I've created a lino print of the outline of a map of Cornwall, which spans the front and two of the inner flaps. It's a work in progress, but hopefully I'll get back into the swing of creating decent prints with enough ink on them!

 

Cutting the print
Cutting the print
First print, not enough ink!
First print, not enough ink!
Prototype packaging with print (shouldn't have been folded before printing)
Prototype packaging with print (shouldn't have been folded before printing)

Prototype Front

How it opens with CD inside
How it opens with CD inside