Haiku #7

 

This months Haiku has arisen due to a dangerous thing for me – a trip down memory lane. Several things and ideas happened at the same time, all based around the one theme – Crows.
I was in the garden and recently the large sycamore has gained some new residents – Crows, which I took some recordings of, and I thought these might make the basis of a sound haiku, linked into this haiku by Matsuo Basho –

Crow’s
abandoned nest,
a plum tree.

Then I began wondering about the term…A Murder of Crows, which for some reason led me down the infernal memory lane, stopping at a poem I learnt at school (aeons ago), the ‘Twa Corbies’.
This poem always fascinated me and the original Scottish version appealed to the grusome inquisitiveness in me as a child. Most versions of this ballad and the English version ‘Three Ravens’ are slow and forbidding, as the said Corbies discuss the rich pickings of a fallen Knight.
However, I always thought this was a jolly conversation as the Corbies get a slap up meal at the end and so my haiku ended up, by chance, as a jolly little tune based on an imagined chat between three crows.

 

Like most of my tracks best listened through headphones.

Artwork by Museleon

 

Twa Corbies

 

If you prefer the more traditional tale here’s a couple of favourite versions of mine –

Moira Brown – Twa Corbies


Maddy Prior: Twa Corbies

 

 

 

 

 

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Journeys IV

 

I’ve been creating a collection of tracks based on imaginary train journeys, the kind you take in your mind, based on field recordings. This is based on a reading of Quatrain by Omar Khayyam and is the journey you take looking back on the past.

Dedicated to those left behind.

Particular thanks to Nik Paget-Tomlinson
(3bagbrew) for the recording Muchty Chimes – http://www.nikpt.com

Acknowledgement also to the Freesound community (freesound.org) who are a source of the sound wonders of the world.

Quatrain by Omar Khayyam read by John Schuurman – LibriVox Weekly Poetry – librivox.org

Artwork by Museleon

ArtistsTalk

 

On a recent visit to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead I came across a small room with 4 screens, each one displaying a conversation with the four recipients of the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017: Jose Dávila, Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin.
There were headphones to listen to their words but not putting them on, all I could hear were the sounds of the headphones, sqeaky floorboards, children and distant conversations from the gallery.
I didn’t have my recording equipment only my phone.
The resulting sound files had the essence of what I had experienced and had a recording oddness which, as Museleon, I like.
I created an original piece – ArtistsTalk using several sound files and then took that piece and being an electronic musician, processed the files and created 4 separate pieces each representing an artist. All 4 tracks were combined into the final track.
Like most of my tracks, best listened via headphones.
Things you do when you have a spare few hours : )

Protest and Politics – Modi! Modi!

This is the second sound reimagination that I have done for the Cities and Memory Soundmaps.

Here is the original field recording  recorded by Protyasha Pandey.
“These are the recordings from a demonstration – the occasion is the declaration of the Delhi municipal elections – and its win by the BJP being celebrated in the urban village of Shahpur Jat. There is the sound of “Nagada” drums, “dhol” drums, “khadtal” cymbals, bells, whistling, man speaking over a loudspeaker, and several people chanting, “Modi” (BJP being Modi’s party)”

 

Here is the Reimagined Sound by Museleon –

After reading articles about Mr Modi and about this area of Delhi, I thought to create a totally imaginary Indian street scene, which combined some sounds associated with Indian cities and the use of the exuberant and joyful soundfile, to create a pro Modi demonstration passing through. I sourced other field recordings via creative commons including birds, crows, a flute seller, Delhi and Calcuttan street traffic, and the sound of the Kali Bells from a temple.

On researching Mr Modi, I found that he had two favourite films, one is Guide (1965) and the other is Jai Chittor (1961). I sourced a track from this film – “O pawan veg se udanewale ghode – Lata – Jai Chitod” from an Indian Bollywood movie soundtrack site and used it as if playing from one of the small shops, that I imagined I was standing outside of.

 

Part of the Protest and Politics project – find out more at http://www.citiesandmemory.com/protest

 

Here is the original  Jai Chitod clip –

 

Modi! Modi! artwork is by Museleon

 

Cities and Memory – Protest and Politics

Protest_3

Explore the global sound map of protests

No sounds define the age we’re living in more clearly than protest sounds – and Protest and Politics is the world’s first global mapping of the sounds of protest and demonstration.

 

I’m very honoured to be a tiny part of this new soundmap project from Cities and Memory.

Background and context
Whether it’s people standing on either side of Donald Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Marine Le Pen in France or any of thousands of local and national protests around the world, people are increasingly finding their voice and expressing themselves through sound.

These sounds, more than any other, are coming to define the age in which we’re living, and are uniting people, communities and entire countries around the world.
Protest and Politics is the first global mapping of the sounds of protest, demonstration and political activism.
Sourcing field recordings from our own archive as well as from dozens of field recordists around the world, we assembled a database of protest sounds over summer 2017, and opened this up to artists and musicians to recompose and reimagine, bringing to bear their own experiences and memories onto these sounds.
You can explore the documentary field recordings of protests, spend time in the alternative sound world created by their reimagined counterparts, or flip freely between the two as you choose.

 

Haiku #6

 

At this time of year there are a lot of Frogs in the garden pond and they call to each other especially when it rains.
This haiku is based on Basho’s poem –

the old pond:
a frog jumps in
the sound of water

The frog chorus is a combination of a field recording of toads and frogs singing at night in a small village in Mali and experiments with the sound of a guiro.

As Museleon, I am really interested in the tiny sounds, the anomalies and the mistakes, as together with a self imposed limit on processing, they can create beautiful patterns, rhythms and sounds, which are often best listened to through headphones.

Artwork is the image of the soundfile.

 

Frogs RAW

 

 

Haiku #5

Haiku #5 is based on a few ideas about Wind.
While out sound recording near the River Wear and passing a silver birch, the wind suddenly blew up, rustling the leaves but oddly sounding like the sea at the same time. Sound can play tricks.

It is also loosely based on a Haiku by Basho –

With every gust of wind
the butterfly changes its place
on the Willow

Haiku #5 uses an original recording of Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie and played by Kevin MacLeod, which is on FMA under the Creative Commons 3.0 Unported licence (CC – BY- 3.0).
freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_Ma…ymnopedie_No_1
The sound of the wind is my own field recording, which being an electronic artist, I have processed.
As Museleon, I am really interested in the tiny sounds, the anomalies and the mistakes, as together with a self imposed limit on processing, they can create beautiful patterns, rhythms and sounds, which are often best listened to through headphones.

Artwork is by Museleon and here is the image of the soundfile –

Haiku #5