As I live in a rural area right on the edge of town, often the hours around midnight are pretty quiet. Last night however, we had somekind of engine passing by - a plane? maybe some kind of farm equipment? it had been snowing for the first time since last winter, so it could have been someone moving snow around... it was cold and pitch-black so I didn't bother finding out or shooting a picture.
At around 0:40 a drop hits the mic on the recorder and towards the end you can hear human sounds; footsteps, pack of cigarettes and lighter....
I used my Olympus LS 100 with the build in mics and a Rycote dead cat placed on my grill on my porch
Disquiet Junto Project 0160: One Minute Past Midnight
The Assignment: Make a one-minute field recording starting right at midnight (wherever you are).
This week’s project is very simple. It asks that you make a field recording of sound, just one single minute, starting at a specific time: midnight.
From simple things complex things sometimes grow, and this project is a hopeful initial step toward a variety of related projects that may spring up over the course of 2015, perhaps even culminating in some sort of collection, maybe even in a physical space along the lines of the “Sonic Frame” installation at the San Jose Museum of Art (that piece largely drew its sonic material from an earlier Junto project). No one’s work will be repurposed without their permission, and it’s appreciated if you post your track with a Creative Commons license that allows for non-commercial reuse and sharing.
The steps are as follows:
Step 1: Record audio, outdoors or indoors, at midnight wherever you are.
Step 2: You can post the audio as is, or create a slight fade in of volume at the start and fade out at the end.
Step 3: Upload the finished track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. Please consider posting photography, even video, associated with your efforts.
Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: Projects are usually due at 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, January 26, 2015. This time, if you need to do the recording the final night of the project, it’s OK to upload early on January 27.
Length: The length of your finished work should be one minute.
Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.
Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0160-oneminutepastmidnight” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.
Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).
Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:
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