Tallinn

Tallinn

Contact microphones attached to a hotel window

 

Tallinn, Estonia, 2013. Early in the morning listening to the traffic below the hotel window. The sound of the quotidian sounding exotic in this unfamiliar terrain.

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The act of recording that morning has deeply imprinted that simple moment into my memory. I remember a light layer of snow in the gutters slowly melting under a weak winter’s sun, the sound of traffic drifting according to the changes in the traffic lights.

 

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It was the only recording I made while in Tallinn. I preferred to walk the streets without the feeling of urgency to capture sounds.

 

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Years later, on the other side of the world, I listened again to that recording. With the aid of filters I pushed the recording beyond its original form. The traffic droned and washed past in previously unrealised pitches and tones. Somehow this distortion mirrored the evolution of memory, it established a new truth.

13 thoughts on “Tallinn

      1. OK, understood.

        It would be the most wonderful project to collect your work into a designed audio (even visual) experience; to be able to listen to this as a curated EP, for example. If ever you are interested in a collaboration of this kind, I would be eager. I am a graphic designer by profession and a digital musician by obsession. I’m just thinking out loud here—I am a little in love with what you’re doing conceptually and would buy your work instantly if it were on Bandcamp.

      2. Thanks again for your interest … it’s nice to know someone is out there who enjoys these sounds. When I have a bit more time on my hands it’d be great to put something together.

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