John Pazdan’s April Favourites

John Pazdan’s April Favourites

For the inspirations & favourites of the month of April we check in with Chicago-based musician John Pazdan, as chosen by our March relayist Marco Raaphorst. Here’s what John was into throughout the last the month… The Book(s) I am a little late to the party for author William Gibson. Though I read The Neuromancer when it came out, I haven’t been reading that much fiction lately and did not keep up…

Marco Raaphorst’s March Favourites

Marco Raaphorst’s March Favourites

Next in the relay of sound-related favourites, we now hear what were the monthly inspirations of March of Marco Raaphorst – sound designer and the man behind MelodieFabriek.  He was nominated by fellow Dutchman and sound-addict Robert van Riel. The Guitar It must have been 1982 when I bought my Ibanez AM-50 guitar. I play it every day and it is still my favourite guitar because it can produce great jazz and…

Robert van Riel’s February Favourites

Robert van Riel’s February Favourites

For the second month in our relay of artists’ Favourites, it is the turn of Robert van Riel, who in turn was chosen by Stuart Fowkes of Cities and Memory.  So without further ado, we are going to Haarlem, The Netherlands: February is always a busy month for me, with all sorts of leftover projects, things to finish and the ambition to start new things. Which are usually the same things but…

7 Radio Stations for Creative Sound and Field Recording

7 Radio Stations for Creative Sound and Field Recording

Last weekend was Radio day. Did you know? Our beloved radio…still surviving despite media’s best efforts in reducing it to regular doomsday news bulletins, hour upon hour of inane chat and factory-farmed pop all smothered in a drippy coating of advertising.  So, happy Radio day? Ok, so not all stations have succumbed, and there is still enough to celebrate out there. The lone show fighting against the tide, the odd national station, some community radio, the experiments on…

Earwitnessing the destruction of Pompeii

Earwitnessing the destruction of Pompeii

With the so-called ‘acoustic era’ of reproduction and preservation of sound only really dawnining in the latter half of the 19th century, we are forced to look at other media (such as the written word, visual art and oral transmission) to bring to life historical events more or less far back in time. First-person storytelling can be particularly successful in describing events, often specifically referring to the sounds that defined what happened.  Because of the very limitation…

Stuart Fowkes’ January Favourites

Stuart Fowkes’ January Favourites

New on the blog for 2016 is a monthly ‘inspiration’ relay – where guest sound artist and creators share the works, exhibitions, books, films, and other creative endeavours that made them tick.  Like the rest of this blog, it is a tribute to multidisciplinary inspiration, and I hope it will provide interesting insights into the creative spirit of the artists involved. Our first guest editor is Stuart Fowkes, the founder and curator of Cities and…

Sound dreaming in Barcelona

Sound dreaming in Barcelona

We’re all familiar with the concept and format of sound maps by now, so it’s always a pleasant surprise to come across a project that takes its cue from that familiar territory, but takes it to unexpected visual and aural places.  Such is Soundreaming, a project by Polish duo Ewa and Jacek Doroszenko.  The couple describes the project as ‘an interactive Internet presentation that takes the form of an audio-visual archive of locations around…

Rhythm according to Paul Klee

Rhythm according to Paul Klee

Paul Klee, Affected Place (1922) This blog being about close encounters between sound and other creative disciplines, it was interesting to find out that Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer invites us to understand the concept of rhythm by directing our attention to painting.  In particular, Paul Klee’s. Rhythm is direction.  Rhythm says: “I am here and I want to go there.”  It is like the arrow in a Paul Klee painting.  Paul Klee…

A Book of Beginnings

A Book of Beginnings

Happy New Year’s Day!  Hope you’re enjoying this somewhere cosy and warm, with the people, sounds, books and inspirations that are dear to you. So, shall we get started?  What better way to than with a text that is all about beginnings. This book comes from a name who – if you are in any way familiar with the French radio scene – you are likely to recognise.  I am talking about…

Warm Wishes from a Snowy Landscape

Warm Wishes from a Snowy Landscape

“The air is speckled with noises.  The voices of children playing are everywhere, as though to show that space is vibrant with life.  (…) Oh, how sweet it is to be alive!  How sweet it is to live on earth and to love life!  Oh, how one would like to thank life itself, existence itself, to thank them, and to their face.   Yes, Lara is all that.  Since one…