14 Mar 2022

Sound Blog: Laptop Composition



Today’s sound blog stems from further explorations of the “lowercase” [1] genre of sound art, taking inspiration from the seminal work by Steve Roden, Forms of Paper [2]. For this blog, I attached a Jez Riley French contact microphone to my laptop and recorded any sounds picked up during a period of university studies. The resulting taps and hums were then liberally experimented with, however, keeping in mind a limited set of effects as per my previous sound blogs. The result is a somewhat hectic compilation of sound, distantly reminding me of free Jazz improvisation, and one of my favourite experimental albums by DJ Sniff [3]. Looking back at my interest in electronic music production, a reoccurring theme has been a fascination with the “gaps” between electroacoustic recordings. This involves minute details that, when amplified, reveal unexpected textures and further sonic “threads” to follow. All this, combined with my seemingly unending interest with banal sounds (refrigerator hums, air conditioners), gives way to the following piece. While still a little rough, I look forward to honing this kind of approach more in the future.



[1] Peter Batchelor. Lowercase Strategies in Public Sound Art: Celebrating the transient audience. Organised Sound, 18(1):14--21, 2013. [ bib ]
[2] Steve Roden. Forms of Paper (Remastered). LINE_053, 2011. Digital Download. 54:00. [ bib ]
[3] DJ Sniff. Ep. Psi 11.02, 2011. Compact Disc. [ bib ]

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