City is a piece inspired by the London, both modern and ancient. A massive metropolis of life seething on top with layers of history laying beneath. The trains rumble below the people sleeping, fucking and eating, below the trains the lives of billions of people past lay in dirt, drains and webs of past lives and structures. London is a place of real life, or diversity and the comings and goings of people for millennia. We are battered by sounds, smells and sights without often thinking about what lies beneath our feet, or behind the wall, buildings older than some countries, streets walked by millions over thousands of years, life and death. As we dig below we find more and more human history piled into this space we call a city. It’s beautiful and ugly and a place of despair and inspiration.
The Oneirologist is an audio-visual electroacoustic project by Rick Jensen (member of Apocalypse Jazz Unit, SKRONK, MGF, Nuha Ruby Ra, FAT COP and more) The project has existed since 2013 and released dozens of albums and films. This recording was performed live at New River Studios on 14/10/2020.
Reacting to the home by using the sounds of objects found within it and the resonant frequencies of it, then looping, mixing and dubbing them live with Ableton, a mixing desk and an array of outboard FX pedals. Another layer added by playing the sound of the resulting mix back in the space to capture its ambience further.
Webb Dave: A Hybrid DJ, mixing field recording loops with outboard fx. A long time ago forgotten combination of musique concrète, improv industrial and percussions on familiar things.
This piece is all about you and by you, collectively!
‘The journey to CHAT’ – people documenting their journey to the annual CHAT conference – has become an informal tradition over the years. In absence of physical journeys this year we’d like to recreate your journeys in sound through sound postcards, recorded from your window on your way to festivalCHAT.
Over the week we’ll arrange the sounds, sequentially in the order that they arrive and binaurally according to their position geographically. This will create a continuous soundscape hosted on our own Soundcloud and will be the final piece posted on SoundStage on the last day of festivalCHAT. Please send a recording up to 20 seconds long, ideally MP3 or .wav. Phone recordings are fine and we can also rip sound from films made on your phone if necessary. Email your postcard to email@example.com with your approximate location, if you’re a happy to share that with us. Let us know if you’re happy for us to credit you by name in our summary of the piece too.
You can send your postcard anytime from the first day of festivalCHAT on Friday 23 October until midnight (your time zone) on Monday 26 October to give us time to put it together.
We’re putting out this call for you to either create something new or share a ready made sound piece. Your piece should be a response to place, space or materiality: You may also want to consider the special themes: Archaeologies of festivals; COVID-19 pandemic; Equality & Diversity; Decolonializing contemporary archaeology; Archaeologies of protest; Togetherness & Fragmentation; Drift.
If you’ve a piece you’d like featured, send us your bio and some words about the piece (max 300 words), a link* and an image (as a separate file named ‘artist name’.jpg) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your social media @s too. We’ll organise submissions into themed sets – using your own words and image as the main texts of the blog. Every day during the week long festival the festivalCHAT website will release a blog with the set as suggested listening for the day.
*Sound pieces with accompanying film are also welcome but you must be able to host this yourself. We envisage that most of you will have your own Soundcloud, Bandcamp, webpage or similar but we can help you set up a free Soundcloud account if necessary.