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    Sampling Is Sexy: notes from the field →

    samplingissexy:

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    Earlier this summer, I found myself on a late night walk along the east side of Manhattan. I came across the Tudor City Place overpass at 42nd St and 1st Avenue. Given the lack of traffic at such an indecent hour, I took the opportunity to sing, clap and make loud noises. As it turns out,…

    Recorded some impulses and sounds under a bridge in Manhattan last week (at 42nd St and 1st Ave). Pretty cool sounding space. Link to samples in post.

    — 6 months ago with 1 note
    samplingissexy:

Exactly one year ago, I decided to record one sound from my environment every day for the next ten years. This felt rather distant at the time, given that I am usually unsure of my plans next Thursday evening. Commitment issues notwithstanding, thus far my quest has been successful; 365 sounds out of 3,650.

Why am I doing this? At first my motivation was to manipulate these sounds into musical compositions. As a composer and producer, I am obsessed with using digital signal processing to turn innocuous objects and naturally occurring phenomena into instruments that have personality and enigma. For example, I might record the sound of a miter saw growling to stretch into an aggressive textural drone. Or if it starts raining, I might build a song around the percussive pitter patter of drops on a window-mounted air conditioner.

An unexpected side effect has come from this daily documentation. I am becoming more aware. Not to wax overly poetic about all that the earth has to say to us, but I believe there is something to be said for paying attention. After one year of this routine, I have met new people, drawn crazy looks from strangers, and discovered pieces of wildlife I would not have otherwise.  

Now I am here on the internet to share. I intend for this project to become an open forum that will bring other nerds together who love to record and make sounds. I will start by posting a short, simple track that I made exclusively using these samples as well as a suite of individual sounds for anyone to use! If you would like to share something that you have recorded, send it to me at samplingissexy@gmail.com and I will post on the blog. By shaping our own sonic worlds through listening and recording, perhaps we might inspire each other to make something great.

Here are some of my mystery samples.
Here is the track:

    samplingissexy:


    Exactly one year ago, I decided to record one sound from my environment every day for the next ten years. This felt rather distant at the time, given that I am usually unsure of my plans next Thursday evening. Commitment issues notwithstanding, thus far my quest has been successful; 365 sounds out of 3,650.


    Why am I doing this? At first my motivation was to manipulate these sounds into musical compositions. As a composer and producer, I am obsessed with using digital signal processing to turn innocuous objects and naturally occurring phenomena into instruments that have personality and enigma. For example, I might record the sound of a miter saw growling to stretch into an aggressive textural drone. Or if it starts raining, I might build a song around the percussive pitter patter of drops on a window-mounted air conditioner.


    An unexpected side effect has come from this daily documentation. I am becoming more aware. Not to wax overly poetic about all that the earth has to say to us, but I believe there is something to be said for paying attention. After one year of this routine, I have met new people, drawn crazy looks from strangers, and discovered pieces of wildlife I would not have otherwise.  


    Now I am here on the internet to share. I intend for this project to become an open forum that will bring other nerds together who love to record and make sounds. I will start by posting a short, simple track that I made exclusively using these samples as well as a suite of individual sounds for anyone to use! If you would like to share something that you have recorded, send it to me at samplingissexy@gmail.com and I will post on the blog. By shaping our own sonic worlds through listening and recording, perhaps we might inspire each other to make something great.

    Here are some of my mystery samples.

    Here is the track:

    — 6 months ago with 4 notes

    jasonweinberger:

    Gary, Indiana churches and theaters captured in their current states by urban documentarian trashhand. Imagine the music that once filled these spaces …

    — 6 months ago with 69 notes
    Very excited to announce that today is the release of the debut album from the Mike Bono Group. These guys are not only incredible musicians, but they also happen to be my best friends. We had a really beautiful time making this in the Spring, and we’re all excited to finally be able to share it.

https://themikebonogroup.bandcamp.com

    Very excited to announce that today is the release of the debut album from the Mike Bono Group. These guys are not only incredible musicians, but they also happen to be my best friends. We had a really beautiful time making this in the Spring, and we’re all excited to finally be able to share it.

    https://themikebonogroup.bandcamp.com

    — 7 months ago with 1 note
    #music  #jazz  #guitar  #mike bono  #julian lage  #new york  #boston 
    Tracking vocals at The Record Company studio B for Isaac Haselkorn.

    Tracking vocals at The Record Company studio B for Isaac Haselkorn.

    — 7 months ago with 1 note
    Spoiled for synths today

    Spoiled for synths today

    — 7 months ago with 1 note

    erinthomas:

    My friend and former Berklee classmate Sid Sriram covered one of my favorite new James Blake songs. SO MANY GOOD THINGS

    (Source: erinect)

    — 7 months ago with 10 notes

    exhibition-ism:

    Anthony Goicolea’s naturalistic illustrations encapsulate everything about life and death through a kind of x-ray lens. 

    (Source: exhibition-ism.com )

    — 8 months ago with 2237 notes

    exhibition-ism:

    Yarn bomber Olek takes on her biggest project yet, a 4-car locomotive train covered in technicolor camo thread in Lodz, Poland!

    (Source: exhibition-ism.com )

    — 8 months ago with 1113 notes

    exhibition-ism:

    We are huge fans of GIF art, especially when they’re as cool as these ones from Matt Lucas!

    Be sure to check out the rest of his hypnotic work on his Tumblr

    — 8 months ago with 2085 notes

    exhibition-ism:

    Simón Prades brings us into his finely detailed monochromatic world, via his surreal illustrations 

    — 8 months ago with 727 notes
    A photograph taken with an infrared camera.

    A photograph taken with an infrared camera.

    — 9 months ago with 4 notes
    #infrared  #photography