I lived with a deaf family for several years during university. It's a comm=
on misbelief that the deaf cannot hear anything, but on average they are li=
ving a world of soft booms faint, clicks and muffled voices. While I wouldn=
't wish deafness on my worst enemy, I feel that the lack of distraction hel=
ps in developing exceptional skills in listening and the intuition of subtl=
just a few distracted thoughts ^__~
On Jun 4, 2012, at 6:24 AM, "Jez" <> wrote:
> very quiet recordings (quietudes) have been something of an obsession of =
mine for many years. I spend a lot of time recording stillness in buildings=
for example. When there are just small sounds to hear we have to micro/mac=
ro listen & that draws you in, closer.
> --- In "soundings23" <tony.whitehead233=
> > Hi All, just for interest here are two very quiet recordings I uploaded=
to Soundcloud this morning. Both are hydrophone recordings taken yesterday=
near where I live.
> > http://soundcloud.com/tonywhitehead/pond-at-chudleigh-knighton
> > http://soundcloud.com/tonywhitehead/fish-shoal-little-bradley
> > I was in two minds whether to upload them, because they are so quiet. B=
ut, I was fascinated because they are so full of tiny detail, especially th=
e pond at Chudleigh. I also found that I enjoyed listening to them without =
excessively turning up the gain - which just seemed to increase the noise o=
f my Edirol's pre-amp.
> > As I said on the soundcloud page, they make me think of sound work by t=
he like's of Francisco Lopez, Radu Malfati and Bernhard Gunter .
> > Ages ago there was a review of this sort of quietness in Ed Pinset's So=
und Projector magazine where, reviewing Lopez's "Untitled 74" he said
> > "There's something going on there all right, but what is it? How is it =
possible to record and produce sounds so remote and tiny that you're only d=
imly aware of them? ... No point turning up the volume - that'll only cause=
more damage - these are fugitive spirits, like fairies of the air which wi=
ll vanish if you draw to near to them."
> > I like that. And I like what the hydrophone reveals of these tiny sound=
> > BTW, while writing this, I felt like I was reviewing my own recordings =
- which would be odd and not a little arrogant - but I don't feel these are=
my recordings, I simply dropped the hydrophone in a pond, hit record, and =
listened - so I'm reviewing and sharing thoughts what I heard rather than w=
hat I did with what I recorded.
> > Be glad of any thoughts on very quiet sounds, or links to anything simi=
> > Tony