How To Fill My Voice With A Space by Dillon Bastan Project Recordings published on 2020-10-23T12:44:07Z “How to Fill My Voice with a Space” is an audio composition that explores the influence of spaces on my thoughts and mental state as well as seeking a method for representing a space through my voice. For each space in the piece, I recorded the sound of its environment and wrote down the thoughts that the space brought to me. Later I recorded myself speaking the written thoughts and used several vocoder processes with the voice as a modulator and the field recording of the space as the carrier signal. By doing so, my spoken thoughts, influenced by and centered on the space, articulate the sound of the space. My voice embodies the space both sonically and content-wise. For a more diverse soundscape between the different spaces, I mix the vocoders differently and also add a final vocoder that is only my voice through different effects. This final vocoder in one sense departs from the central concept of using the vocoder, however, I took poetic license to sound design it to match the space and so I still consider it as a mood of the space (at least in the context of this audio recording). The final vocoder also helps the listener to comprehend the words better. The spaces in the recording are: under a tree in the rain, an U-Bahn, a supermarket, and a Vietnamese restaurant. The selection of the spaces was more spontaneous than intentional. However, they are all common spaces I visit, none of which I would spend a long time at at one time. Overall, the process of the piece allowed me to encounter reflections, ideas, and realizations about the spaces and my connection to them that I wouldn’t usually consciously consider. I felt that this was a successful method for filling my voice with a space, but I may take it further or explore other different methods in the future.