Haiku #3

 

 

Last year I set myself a challenge to create a short piece of music each month based on the idea of Haikus. I returned to them lately and liked some bits but not others, as you do, and decided to rework them. Some retain most of the original piece like #1 and others are new replacements like #2 but here I’ve totally reworked the original retaining some of the initial essence.

From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon beholders..

Basho

Like most of my tracks they are best through headphones.

Artwork is the image of the soundfile.

Haiku #2

 

Spent the afternoon recording bees and created this short sound Haiku. This has minimal processing and editing as I wanted to retain a very natural feel but with headphones you can hear a chirping bird and a blackbird in the background as well as hoverflies and bees buzzing around.

A bee staggers out of the peony

– Basho

Artwork is created by data bending the audio file.

 

 

Synapse

 

A sonic representation of Complex Pain Syndrome in 3 parts

Synapse I

Synapse II – A quieter day

Synapse III – You can play this one on a perennial loop.

Someone once asked me what it was like to live with an ‘unseen illness’? I couldn’t answer to the degree that they could really comprehend.
That was 3 years ago.
I think these 3 pieces give you some idea using static samples that I have gathered over the years.

Like all my tracks they are best listened to with headphones but don’t have them set too high as they are loud already : )

 

Haiku#1

I spent a lot of 2016 in a strange limbo, so to keep myself sane I set myself a monthly challenge. Based on Haiku’s I read in a favourite book, I set about recording sounds and then created 12 short sound haiku’s using the recordings and studio processes.

Recently I decided to revisit the project and do some work on them, aiming to eventually post all 12.

This is the first based on a modern Haiku by David Finlay –

one word
but so many varieties
of rain

The thunder storm was recorded in the side covered passageway of my house last Summer.

The artwork is an image of the soundfile.

Tyneside Sound Society Record – A -Thon #1

Tyneside Record-A-Thon 6th May 2017 –

On the 6th May 2017,  Tyneside’s very first Record-A-Thon took place.

It was a flash participatory event designed to quickly capture the sounds of Newcastle City Centre on one given day.

Phonographers and field recording enthusiasts; skilled and beginner (that’s me) were invited to George Street Social in the city centre and from there were given a coffee, briefing, map of the centre and asked to go out and record the sounds of the city. Across a 2 hour period from 11am – 1pm. Over 150 recordings were then uploaded to the online sound map Aporee aporee.org/maps/projects/tssrecordathon1ncl

A selection of sounds were crafted together by Michael McHugh for the monthly Tyneside Sounds Society radio show for ResonanceExtra and broadcast on Sunday 28th May 2017 –  Some recordings were made in binaural so a headphone listen might be needed for a fuller listening experience (Recommended).

https://extra.resonance.fm/episodes/tyneside-sounds-society-number-record-a-thon-2017-05-28

The Tyneside Sounds Society is a monthly broadcast dedicated to the recording and reinterpretation of the sonic environment and sound heritage of Tyneside in the North East of England and I’m very proud to be a tiny part of it.

 

Vents

I went for a walk and met some Vents , 6/5/2017 at 11:32
Newcastle – upon -Tyne
UK

Original recordings for the Tyneside Sound Society Record -A -Thon #1.
Many of the sounds recorded by members of the Society can be listened to on the Soundmap here – aporee.org/maps/

From these original recordings I created a Vent Chorus –

 

 

I’ve always been interested in how sound can evolve into beautiful complex patterns of noise with the minimal use of tech and processing. It’s the ‘small sounds’, anomalies, mistakes and the sounds ‘between’ that catch my ear. With a lo fi sensibility and low level processing it never ceases to amaze me how sounds change and morph into something else, often in a surprising way.
Museleon tracks are best listened to via headphones and often require “deep listening”.

Masts

This is the rework of the clip River Ambience and true to form, it evolved into something very different from the original field recording.

I’ve always been interested in how sound can morph into beautiful complex patterns of noise with the minimal use of tech and processing. It’s the ‘small sounds’, anomalies, mistakes and the sounds ‘between’ that catch my ear. With a lo fi sensibility and low level processing, it never ceases to amaze me how sounds change and morph into something else, often in a surprising way.

Museleon tracks are experiments in sound and are best listened to via headphones and often require “deep listening”

This track is part of an ongoing project both sound and visuals, based around field recordings gathered at the mouth of the River Wear in 2017.

 

I created some visuals for the track –