Field recordings often focus on the exterior, the exotic. However some of the most emotionally affecting sounds reside within our domestic spaces. Depending on its source the sounds of the kitchen can inspire warm feelings of communality or conversely a sense of drudgery.
The Espresso Pot:
Listening to the steady crescendo of steam escaping from an espresso pot is one of the best ways to start a day. In the stillness of the morning the sounds of this device ease us back into a state of consciousness. Throughout the remainder of the day the whistle of the espresso pot signals a reprieve from the mundane, leading us to anticipate a moment that can be shared with others.
In the dim morning light the grill’s blue flame sits in harmony with the hiss of gas and its expanding metal frame. These sounds accentuate a sense of domesticity, shielding us from the growing awareness that we must soon leave this space to enter the commercial arena.
The Frying Pan:
The sound of frying oil is crisp and sharp, just like fried-food itself. Unlike fried-food, listening to the sound of frying oil isn’t detrimental to our health. This sound is often accompanied with feelings of guilt and pleasure.
The Kitchen Sink:
After the pleasure of cooking and eating comes the cleaning. A very satisfying sound related to this process is the popping of detergent suds in the sink after washing the dishes. This signals that the day’s work is at an end. Hopefully a glass of wine will be near at hand to complete the day.