violin nafta train Arts banjo march video friends love song dry river tv cake cheese lonna kelley speech salvador duran demented capricorn portland punk swords comedy ambient singing bike audio project improvisation struggle colin meloy music live conversation noise plane borders ambience rain german car bikes decembrists steev activism electronic politics concensus detritus culture intercom gracie's border electro weather acoustic work skylight Art historical tucson solo radio geek fair guitar synthesizer song twinkle labor sampling combat immigration free geek folk story vegetables brokenhearted lovers oakstreet panleft arizona protest oregon 2002 sound collage field recordings techno water experimental spoken word food nature folk bass improv history health cops chat geeks discussion jam civilization mexico brussels
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The final encore song at a show at Plush in Tucson, AZ. this was a really fun show. lots of energy on stage.
This project is a guerilla performance/audio piece that utilizes 3 bike-borne mobile sound systems playing back precomposed sound collages produced by myself. The performers of this piece, The Loud Spokers, are led and conducted by me in a sort of synchronized but semi-improvisational route through a section of the city.
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My apartment has a skylight. When it rains, it sounds like this. Yes, it does sometimes rain in Tucson.
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Here is an excerpt out of of many recordings at a Capricorn party at my house on January 13, 2007, in Tucson, in which I try out an Mbira, or thumb piano as they're also called, made by my friend Sophie.
An amazing show happened in north Portland. Over 30 bands played - for one minute each. Tons of people showed up, all smashed into a small, hot basement. I recorded the first 27 bands, and some other sounds. I found that I got pretty good recordings of some bands from outside, crouching down by the one window to the basement that could be opened. In this way I could avoid the moshing. Moshing with a minidisc recorder is not a good idea.
Free Geek is a Portland, Oregon based non-profit that recycles computers and provides computers and education.
On June 29, 2002, they had their first Geek Fair. I was involved with webcasting the event out to the world. During the webcast at various times I went out to record what was happening and interview people. Then I went back inside to the webcast setup and streamed these recordings out.
This is the main podcast of Phonophilia.com, a site dedicated to sound and field recordings. There will be frequent updates, at least once a week, here. Other content, including archives and new things, is available on the site, so check there. This podcast is sort of the cream of the crop.
I made these recordings on the evening of Monday, April 22, 2002, at an event in a small warehouse space in inner southeast Portland, Oregon, featuring Colin Meloy, The Watery Graves, Tom Blood, and Curtis Knapp.
Some of these are slightly clipped (the loudest parts are a little crunchy), because I had the record level set just one notch or so too high. They still sound pretty good, though. I tried putting some compression on one of Colin's songs to see if that would help with the crunchiness. It makes it sound a little more "rock," but I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
The titles are just my guesses. If you know the actual names of any of the songs, let me know. (Also let me know if you're one of the artists and you don't feel comfortable with these being online. I believe that as long as I'm not selling these that I'm not doing anything wrong. But I respect your wishes if you'd rather not have your work displayed here.)