The City Rings

Day: January 24th, 2013

Postcards from Paris

Hello All,
Today we finished our postcards and I think everyone is generally pretty happy with the result.
We started off our session by listening to the postcards from Ghent, and thinking about the description of it being ‘calm and quiet’. This was not our general impression, quite the opposite, so we deduced that you had made microscopic recordings, or ‘close-ups’ of many different objects from you daily environment and assembled them in a ‘non naturalsitic’, or unliteral way. Some postcards ended in crescendos, some became quieter. This provoked a conversation on the many ways of composing with the recordings, should the recordings always reflect reality, and be a sort of storyboard of events ? There are so many different possibilities, or stories to tell with the same sounds, even with a given theme or keyword.
We decided to make a few more recordings in the kitchen, using the old fashioned telephone, the speaking weighing machine, and the squeaking window, whilst reflecting on the matter. It reminded me of this film :

This was good to watch, everyone laughed, and it was a counter example, another approach to composing with everyday sounds.

With all these thoughts the time flew by … here are our postcards. I hope you manage to hear them, and thank you so much to everyone for sharing. Bonne √©coute !


Compact Sonic Postcards from Essen!

The very last session on the project is over and we will definitely miss these meetings in the next weeks. It was so much fun.

We fougth with audacity (sometime things got lost or simply our hands slipped away, and suddeny everything was gone)

but we won!

We decided to make them short but effectiv. That was too because we had so many short recordings.

So here, dear folks from Palau Solità i Plegamans, are now our little sonic postcards for you.


To imagine what could be in the postcards and how it could be sounding like we draw even some postcards at home.

We found that easier (because we could talk about colours and form of sounds) than describing what one could send on a postcard, then we transformated these thoughts with the sounds we recorded at home to these results. We hope, you have fun listening.

And yes, we found the effect section in audacity! Hear what we have done!

After finishing our compositions we found it very easy to talk about pictures we got in our heads when we listened to the postcards of Can Cladellas (you will find the comments in the comments ;-) )
Because we now experienced that a sound when listened repeatedly, it get’s more and more abstract and we don’t perceive it any more as the source of the recording but as a part of a sound picture.

We loved the whole project so much, that we could edit the sounds ourselves, that we could take the recorders at home, that we were working in groups, …