7 thoughts on “Sound Object: DIY 4 “Catalysts””

  1. Ciao carissima Carolyn! Sono fantastici i pezzi che hai registrato! I primi tre sono molto suggestivi, ma l’ultimo video è davvero spettacolare!!! E’ fantastica la tua voce e la musica! Complimenti!

  2. Ciao Gabry!! Mille grazie, veramente, per i tuoi gentili complimenti delle mie registrazioni e anche la mia voce. Il tuo entusiasmo e’ bellissimo sentire e leggere qui. Sono molta felice che ti sei divertita con i miei “oggetti di suono”! 🙂

  3. I don’t speak Italian (only some Thai) but I very much like the sounds you presented. By focusing exclusively on the isolated soundscapes, you highlighted the integrity of the sounds and, like Stef’s piece, left me with a specific impression of your environment. Nice!

  4. Thanks, Daria, for your kind feedback and insightful comments, esp. how you heard and recognize the isolation of the sound object/s in my triptych (night train, pile driver building the new TappanZee bridge, and daily HighNoon fire house whistle). Although there are some other ambient sounds, such as the daytime train going by during Industry-on-Hudson, I was trying to isolate the pile driver as the “top note” or “top sound”. I’m glad you got an impression of my environment through them and thanks for affirming my efforts!
    [p.s. just to quickly translate the Italian, Gabry wrote very kindly and enthusiastically that she thought my recorded pieces were fantastic and evocative–she particularly liked my Bonus Track, which features my singing voice, for which I thanked her and truly appreciate her compliments.)

  5. Thank you for posting this series of sounds.
    Train going by is packed with sonic conflict. The rush of the train gives way to the softer hum of electric lights.

    Industry on Hudson: The steady pounding of a jackhammer in the distance gives the footage a note of Wagnerian menace. We see trees, but can only imagine the source of the stomp, stomp, stomp. The camera pan hints at the viewer’s search for a sound source. Your distance from the source works as an effect on the audio. Had you close mic’d the jackhammer (or whatever it is) the recording would have sounded much different.

    High Noon is filled with startling yet accidental relationships. The flag seems to sag near the end of the clip, but the blast of the high-noon horn reminds the flag to get back to work and billow patriotically in the breeze.

    Bonus Soundtrack Object: The blurry image works well with singing and piano playing.

    1. Thanks for posting these astute comments on my series of sounds.
      NightTrain’s sonic conflict + afterward reverb into quiet were captured without the interference of wind because it was a calm evening. Industry-on-Hudson was shot from my bathroom window where we can hear, but not always see, the enormous pile-driver “Wagernian menace” (love that phrase). I thought about going down to the river to mic it closer, but chose to stay more distant because I liked the muted-ness. High Noon was the hardest to shoot and thanks for noticing the “accidental relationships” (love that phrase also) within it, esp. the flag sagging and then springing to attention again post-whistle. A friend of mine watched the Triptych and noted the “industrial” American theme it has when the Sound Object videos are viewed as a whole, while the Bonus Track is “brassy Americana”.

  6. Randall Packer made the following comments in our
    CATALYSTS class, which I post with his permission:

    NightTrain: I have always found that the most interesting aspect of a passing train is the incoming and outgoing crescendo / diminuendo (musical terms). What this recording reveals is how we stay tuned to the sound diminishing in the distance. As the sound recedes, it grabs our attention and holds us, and you took full advantage of that by continue to record until the sound was nearly gone.

    Industry-on-Hudson: I found it effective to close my eyes and listen to the beat of the machinery as though it were a massive percussion instrument performing some ritual piece. What is particularly striking about this sound is the reverberation. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound trail off as though it were being run through an effects processor, adding a kind of majesty and richness to the sound.

    HighNoon: Just when you thought nothing was going to happen, what sounded like a ship horn signaled itself suddenly! It goes to show how sounds can emerge unexpectedly in the most mundane circumstances. Was the flag flying at half mast? It wasn’t entirely clear, and I am wondering why, if so.

    Bonus Track: The performance of “Hey Big Spender” was a real treat. Thanks!

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