Collaborative sound art project
by Stephen Carley LG.
Part music, part soundscape, part sampled mashup, part noise.
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Field recordings and collaged soundscapes that are filtered, re-sampled, looped, re-configured and re-constructed. Audiomaps is often collaborative in the recording, remixing and performative stage. Texts are ‘cut ups’, overheard conversations, ‘found’ statements, declarations. Part manifesto at times.
Loops. Samples. Sequences. A whisper. A sense of place.
The very recent work is a direct response to the strange ambience that lockdown brought; March, April 2020. I had to find ways to keep working that were within the strict ‘rules’. So, walking and cycling I always had a recording device on me to collect field recordings…
I had set up a ‘lo-fi’ studio at home so in April 2020, I ‘composed’ these pieces via very clunky desktop samplers (embracing the limitations of sample length imposed by this fairly archaic technology), an eight-track digital recorder, a mono synth and a box full of toy instruments…
So, the initial ‘feeling’ was one of ambience, separation.
“People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.” — From Brian Eno
“People ask me, ‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ Well, in the first place, I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it’s too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven’t run out of curiosity.” — From Robert Rauschenberg