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this week’s edition of framework:afield, entitled marble route, has been produced in canada with sounds recorded in portugal by alëna korolëva. producer’s notes:

In October 2022 I stayed for a month at the Obras art residency, located in the Evora district in south-central Portugal. The landscape in this area was transformed by industrial mining over the last century. There are hundreds of marble quarries, most abandoned for over fifty years. The old railway which connected the area with ports of Lisbon permanently ceased operations in 1990. Rota do Mármore or Marble Route became history, but the towns and cities connected by it still shine with marble sidewalks and facades.

Wildlife affected by mining and urbanisation has adapted to the new normal. Ponds grew out of the bottom of mining pits, creating environments for frogs and snakes. Tawny owls which rely on sound for hunting, mating and claiming their territory, have lost much of their habitat to the ubiquitous noise pollution. They are on the move, busily adapting. Starlings, the great imitator of the bird kingdoms, turned the walls of abandoned quarries into nests and gathering places, and changed their songs to reflect the landscape. Meanwhile, in Lisbon, at the other end of the Marble Route, starlings sing in a different dialect, their calls strive to cut through the roar of airplanes and voices of tourists.

Recorded and composed by Alёna Korolёva
Made with support of Canada Council for the Arts

– alëna korolëva, 2023.02

[time / sound]

00:00 – 01:20 framework:afield intro
01:20 – 03:04 Starlings gathering at sunset in Alfama, Lisbon
02:49 – 05:29 Train arrives at the station, rain on umbrella and roof shingles, Belem, Lisbon
05:16 – 06:46 Football and boxing practice, park Estrela, Lisbon
06:37 – 07:50 Recycling pick up at Principe Real garden, Lisbon
07:42 – 09:31 Construction at Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
09:19 – 12:16 Riding old streetcar #15, Lisbon
12:14 – 14:27 Breakfast at Apolo XI, family run cafe in Santos, Lisbon
14:18 – 16:02 Skate, suitcase, car, truck, streetcar screetch and going up the hill, Lisbon
15:50 – 18:14 Tejo Power Station, Lisbon
18:03 – 20:06 Ferry Terminal Cais do Sodré, Lisbon
19:53 – 21:56 River Tejo waterfront, Lisbon
21:44 – 22:57 Catfish making bubbles, pond of Gulbenkian Garden, Lisbon
22:44 – 24:41 Birds at the park of Necessidades (Roosters, Spotless Starling, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Graylag Goose, Mallard), Lisbon
24:25 – 26:55 Under the April 25th bridge, Lisbon; bees surrounding a flowering bush, Obras residency
26:23 – 30:05 Tawny owl, crickets, before sunrise; hydrophone recording in irrigation pond, unknown critters, Obras residency
29:53 – 32:49 Sheep pasture near Obras residency
32:46 – 33:15 Cat Frida meows in hallway, Obras residency
33:03 – 34:00 Moving marble pieces on a metal cart, Obras residency
33:36 – 37:02 Rain on wooden oak, cork trees, bushes, sound trap: shelter for the mics made of bark, branches and metal cans, near Obras residency
36:18 – 39:18 Ravens fly by, wind in leafy trees and palm trees, bed sheets flapping on the drying line, Obras residency
38:48 – 42:43 Sunset near dry river bed, birds (Eurasian Blackbird, European Robin, Common Chaffinch), rabbits run through bushes, near Obras residency
42:26 – 45:56 Piglets at the free run pig farm, near Obras residency
45:41 – 47:13 Swimming in the pool, Obras residency
47:07 – 50:50 Rossio Square, saturday market, Estremoz
50:39 – 52:39 Rossio Square, workers hammer marble tiles in the sidewalk, Estremoz
52:07 – 58:20 Starlings and pigeons gather at the sunset in the marble quarry; voice improvisation of Eki Shola recorded in the marble quarry, near Borba
58:20 – 59:00 framework:afield outro

patrick 2023

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