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this edition has been produced in baltimore, maryland in the united states by jason sloan. for more information on his work see http://www.jasonsloan.com. notes from the producer:
Harbor Study examines three different planes of sound throughout the Baltimore Inner Harbor area and the micro sounds unique to each location. The recordings titled “Earth”and “Water” employ the use of granular sampling. This form of sound synthesis captures small samples or “grains” of a live audio signal and splits them into tiny one- to fifty-millisecond pieces and plays them back in real time. This process acts as a sort of microscope for the ears that focuses the listener’s attention to the minutiae comprising each unique sound space.
I. 39.275329, -76.568653 – Air – 16:20
A time-lapse soundscape composed of four thirty-minute snapshots recorded from atop Canton Tower, a twenty-story building that sits on Northwest Baltimore Harbor. Apart from editing the two-hour session to approximately twenty minutes, these recordings remain unaltered from their original state.
II. 39.262135, -76.578655 / 39.281247, -76.584062 – Earth – 21:01
This work begins to explore the particles of sound that make up each acoustic environment. By employing real-time granular sampling, field recordings from the Northwest and Southeast Harbor shorelines are mixed parallel to the identical, original recordings.
III. 39.278590, -76.596472 – Water – 18:33
A pure granular study of the sound world beneath the Baltimore harbor. Stereo hydrophone recordings from thirty feet below the surface of the water were granulized in real time. I was quite surprised to discover how much industrial noise from the ports, factories, and nautical vessels pollute this space. The environment below the water’s surface was in fact much louder and active than the quiet pier where I stood to make the recording.
Many thanks to Jersy Ann Richards & Kevin Flinn for access to the top of Canton Tower to record 39.275329, -76.568653 – Air and the Living Classrooms Foundation for granting me access to their private pier for the hydrophone recordings in 39.278590, -76.596472 – Water.