A Cove for the Imagination
Gallery of images included in the projection: https://flic.kr/s/aHsma5u1ru
I made all of the recordings around the Bow River in Calgary, AB, and walked along the peace bridge. Composed for an assignment in a soundscape course that I took during my Masters at U of Calgary.
This piece explores the relationship between bodily emplacement, geography, and sound, as well as the emotional connection between the character and place. It begins in darkness as there is nothing stimulating for the imagination. The character makes her way from her home to the beach where she is confronted with sounds of people and traffic. When she finally enters the beach, her imagination takes physical form, and what she sees becomes clear. She explores the beach, and as she grows accustomed to her surroundings, the freedom for her imagination is fully realized. Eventually, she must return to her home. The physical manifestation of her imagination disappears, and she once again hears the sounds of civilization as she walks back.
I used a Kinnect with KiCASS and Max MSP. It required networking 3 computers. One as the host for KiCASS, one to run the client KiCASS patch as well as handle all the start messages and sound, and the third for the projections. All pictures and recordings were taken by myself.
I was enrolled in a Soundscapes seminar during my Bachelors at UBC. It was mostly focused on the musicological aspects of sound studies. However, for it I was doing various sound walks and this composition was my final project.
I recorded the sounds at Arbutus Cove in Victoria, BC. It was a beautiful sunny day on March 17th, 2018. I started at my house, walked to the beach, explored everywhere along the shoreline and the side of the cliff, and then walked back. I will later use these sounds for a composition (see above).
I recorded the soundscape of the BC ferry, the Spirit of Vancouver Island. I recorded the entire ferry ride, including walking on and walking off. I explored the entire ship (except the washrooms). However, I realized that the wind was overpowering when I walked outside, so I shortened it. I also spoke a few times so that I would have markers when I reviewed the recordings, but I cut those out. I was actually surprised that no one asked me what I was doing. I also found that being in a public space, I was motivated to continue walking, and not spend too much time in any one area.
On June 25th, 2018 I walked around various places in downtown Victoria, BC. I cut together the most clear sounds from each of the places I visited.