We were stranded on the tiny island of Stromboli overnight as a huge storm hit, meaning that all boat transport to and from the island was cancelled. At midnight, I went out to record the sounds of the island and captured a fantastic blend of nearfield and far-off sounds.
We asked some of our contributors to reveal all and tell us about some of their favourite tools for sound design, music and sonic manipulation. Read on for some serious sonic inspiration.
“The piece is the imagining of a Utopian city. I was intrigued by the alternative interpretation of Utopia as ‘nowhere’ and the Greek meaning of Amaurotos as shadowy or unknown so another element to the piece was trying to weave some of these themes and some tension / dissonance into the piece too.”
“The idea was to sum up the experience of a large train station – there’s always an urgency (suggested by the kick drum) and people rushing around. Lots of background sounds, maybe a moment of reflection before the rush starts again.”
As part of our overall Sound Waves project, 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and reimagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound. These reimagined sounds have been recomposed and re-edited by Cities and Memory into this 30-minute mixed sound piece incorporating many of the sounds in a new context.