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lundi 18 août 2008

Vukovar 9 août 2008

I did my performance. I’m quite happy of it. I’ve used lots and lots of very short sounds all recorded on the boat, and played inside the Marteleur. I’ve used the time my best in the drone/soundfield parts. I think It works.

By the time I writing (I actually have to fill my blog after the journey, as we couldn’t go on internet by that time), I’ve just played the same set for myself at home. Same sound setting but I think it is a lot better now specially in the term of strenght. I’ll give that one somewhere later

I’ll try to put online this set performed on the 8th of august, full of mistakes but live in the boat docked in Bukovar ! ;-)

Here is a picture with Tô, on the left, Gael (back), Ludger (white shirt)& Silvere and Igor (right) installation dans la péniche pour la soirée avec Rotterdam et l'autre péniche

Vukovar 7 août 2008

I’d like to record sounds in this city. but there is a strange feeling here. War has been over for only 10 years ans we can see may many buildings/ruins everywhere. The city was bombed for three months non stop. I played to everyone what I’m editing at the moment. I feel they were not really pleased. I’m learning lots of thing anyway. I know that I have to work on the drones. Most of my sounds are long, moving, bass full drône. mostly because of the boat motor.

- 040 : Birds around a big building
- 041 : walking inside a ruins. strange. war scars.

Le son des ruines / ruins sounds
IMG/mp3/ruins_sound.mp3

- 042 : rien
- 043-44 : walking in the streets.
- 045 : a truck. nice gling gling.
- 046 : nothing n°2
- 047 : nothing n°3
- 048 : sound scape inside a very small street.
- 049 : very nice drop.
- 050 : 11h bells ringing. St Phillip church.
- 051 : 12h bells ringing. OK OK

What can I really record here ? If I go out and record the sound of the city, it sounds like every city. How can I translate the visual impact of this city I had with sounds ? ? I don’t know right now. Maybe I should ask Igor to read and translate all the words written on walls. I saw one in English : "I am an idiot waiting for death". Took a picture of it.

Tomorrow I’ll have to play a performance on the boat. I need to find something to do. I thing I’ll record lots of very short sound bits (only from the boat) in order to put them in the Marteleur ( instrument made by servovalve). It will be perfect to play that with the drones I have.

dimanche 17 août 2008

Vukovar 6 Août 2008

Things to do :
- listen to Xavier’s interview
- setup my DAW in my room, better for work.
- ESD Blog
- record sounds me walking in the boat in silence.
- record some sounds from the DVD xavier gave to me (l’Homme du Picardie)

here are the sounds of today.
- 001 : Yugo talking to the custom policemen.
- 002 : does it work ?
- 003 : Nothing
- 004 : We are on the boat going to Vukovar. A dog is barking far away. We can hear it for a long time as we are passing on the Danube. It’s nice.
- 006-009 : creaking in the front of the boat. cooool
- 010 : Walking in the boat. t the end I have a very nice bass drone.
- 011-13 . testing the MD21 microphone.
- 014 to 019 : talking with Xavier
- 020-021 : Close miking with MD21 on boat’s motor inside the machine room.
- 022 : inside the driving room. Radio is working. they are tolking with other boat on the danube.
- 023 : boat’s horn. yeaah

corne de brume.
IMG/mp3/Corne_de_Brume.mp3

- 024-25 : almost nothing
- 026 : bells far away. But it’s a bad take. Every one is talking on the boat. We arrive in Vukovar We can see this huge watercastle with a flag on the top of it, symbole of Vukovar’s liberty
- 027-029 : sound of the flag in front on the boat.
- 030 : waves in front.
- 031 : gloup gloup sounds under the stairs to go downstairs. organic sound.
- 032 -39 : Ancre in the middle of danube. Xavier and Diego are talking. It’s a nice moment. the motor is off so it’s quiet. We’re not allowed to stay here. They pull up the ancre. we dock at Vukovar / croatia.

I don’t think that Xavier’s ITV will work. He thinks too much of what he is going to say. I learned that it is even he acual job (learning how to talk to an audience) !.... So I’ve spend 2 hours with him asking questions, I don’t think I’ll keep a single word. But I keep liking his project. I’ll have to listen to his itv later on. I have to work on a live performance.... I need ideas.

05-08-2008 : arriving in Novi Sad

A serbian man died on the boat before my arrival. He was drunk and try to jump into the danube passing over the boat. He smashed his head on the metalic border. There is a mark now, the metal fence is torn. Strange thing to know that.

- 033 - 042 : soundscapes not really interesting on the boat going to Novi Sad. I did a attempt to record the sound of the boat passing under a bridge. It doesn’t really work.
- 043-048 : boat docking in Novi Sad. Quite nice moment. nice smooth sounds going softer and softer.
- 049 : City sounds at traffic lights. Lots of different motors. It is weird to be back on earth. It is noisy too.
- 050 : on a pedestrian way, nothing special.
- 051 : Near the church. a few restaurant. Teenagers drinking and happy. I’ve been waiting fot the 10pm bells, but nothing happened
- 052 : In a street , we are all walking together. We buy some beer. A band (accordion and double bass) are starting to play. I stay close to a strange buzz sound on my right.`
- 053 : We’re going away from the noisy streets. a girl passes from left to right with clap-clap shoes. nice.
- 054 : We go back to the main street with lots of bars. Ludger is recording too. We walk throught it. We have a rock’n’roll attempt with Ludger to record a quadrophonic soundscape. snap at the end of the take.
- 055 : I’m on my own now. in a quiter street.
- 056 : A fridge in a street. close miking.

- 058 to 62 : a crickets close miking on the left. people going out from bars. near the park. Some girls passing in front of the microphone laught. A motorbike passes while a pestrian whistles. A car is passing with loud boom boom music inside it. Some very nice shoes sounds.
- 063 : nothing / rien.

- 66 : under the warf we are docked to. Very strange soundscape, with the waves coming inside and a very strange accoustic. Nice ! you can listen to this sound here :

under the dock, waves coming in make a nice sound
IMG/mp3/underthewarf_Novi_Sad.mp3

Xavier, the captain. sold his house to buy this boat. It is a new life for him. I’ll interview him. I like his way of talking What is his history ? about the slowness of boat travelling ? loneliness ? the sound ? motorised island ? his previous job ?

4 Août 2008 : Budapest -> Novi Sad

Here are the stuff I’m wrinting in my notepad during the trip. I write down the sounds i’ve recorded, my thoughts, ideas not to be forgotten....

I write in french in this book, I’ll put in english here, most of the time.

- 001 : Soundscape du 1er soir à Belgrade. Musique boum boum de l’autre côté du Danube.

- 002 : Son du bateau en marche. bof
- 003 : Ecoulement d’eau sur le côté de la péniche. ne garder que la voie gauche.
- 004 : Ecoulement en mono. OK
- 005 : Jeu gauche droite avec le micro. c’est joli à 1min.
- 006 : eau qui défile le long de la coque. joli.
- 007 à 009 : Plan large du bateau en marche.
- 010 : Son seul vibrations moteur GP
- 011 : Son seul vibrations moteur PL
- 012/013 : Big boat qui passe PL avec corne de brume.
- 014 - 032 : lot of little sounds recorded with a contact microphone on the boat. Some of them sounds like cymbals. very nice drone too.

Think of Semuta and Mateleur.

Windows is a real shit.

What am I going to do with those sounds ?I’ve recorded so far only the boat in different setup. I’m waiting to discover a town a some different sound. Some bells ? I’ve started to edit the previous sounds, but I go to fast. I should slow down when I’m on the computer. My habbits are too strong, I just can’t handle them. I’d like to do musical stuff.

I need to take time, to listen carefully to my sounds.Take time. Take time. Take time. Take Time. I could write it down a hundred time as in primary school.

I have to wait for the sounds to tell me how to edit them. how to play with them.

Patience.