location sound films


sound+video works DVD

During the spring and summer of 2006 a number of visiting artists came to take part in a residency or event at MoKS, an artist-run center in the rural south-eastern part of Estonia. My intention was to record the sounds as well as images of the events, collaborations and investigation which took place.

The Location Sound Film project has to do with a territory that falls somewhere between “performance”, “field recording” and “documentation”. It takes the usual idea of recording sound while adding the component of video. The following sounds and images were recorded simultaneously on a HD video camera. Little or no post-processing was involved other than the adjustment of equalization and sound levels. Various techniques were used to make recordings, some more clearly visible than others, depending on the type of sound captured. The main difference here being the use of a pair of stereo condenser microphones or piezo contact microphones.

Location filming has to do with observation and reflection on events in a recored space and time, looking at what induces and affects spontaneous interventions using sound and image as the evidence.

Much of this material found its way into my film ‘Sound Aspects of Material Elements

Location Sound Films have been shown at: Skolska28 (Prague), Eyeglass Shop (Portland), Voru Linnagalerii (Estonia), Tuned City (Berlin), La Pommerie (France), Full Pull (Malmo), Liquid Architecture (Melbourne)

List of works and times:

Baltic Ferry – contact microphones on a boat railing (03:15)

Ant Hill Activity – contact microphones in an ant hill ( 04:20)

Tree in Coastal Wind – contact microphones on a tree (02:38)

Jars and Fire – stereo microphones in glass jars (04:02)

Metal Door Tones – contact microphones on a metal door – with: Patrick McGinley, Hitoshi Kojo, Fantomas (08:44)

Bowed Piano Wires – stereo microphones – with Hitoshi Kojo (12:09)

Bowed Metal Objects – stereo microphones – with Hitoshi Kojo (04:33)

Bowed Metal Structures – stereo microphones – with: Patrick McGinley, Fantomas (07:37)

Objects on the Ground – stereo microphones – with: Patrick McGinley, Hitoshi Kojo, Fantomas ( 18:21)

Rusted Wheels – stereo microphones – with: Patrick McGinley, Hitoshi Kojo, Fantomas (05:24)

(Un)Stable Structure – stereo microphones (06:12)

Phone Tower Cables + 250% – contact mics on wires ( 12:28)

Phone Tower Cables 02 (05:22)

Phone Tower Cables 03 (05:40)

Sound Cellar: Directed – stereo microphones – with the participants of PS6 (06:10)

Sound Cellar: Non-Directed – stereo microphones – with the participants of PS6 (08:15)

Other videos on Youtube.


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