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

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World Listening Day 2017 – Grounded

World Listening Day 2017
“Listening to the Ground”

Sea Lament by Museleon

 

“Can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
I have had a deep admiration of Pauline Oliveros ever since hearing ‘A Love Song’ many years ago, which I find deeply affecting. What really strikes me about her, was her generosity to and acceptance of, other music creators.
“And who is a musician? Anyone according to Oliveros. She wanted music to be free from specialists, and instead open to everyone regardless of status, experience, or ability.”
Well that includes me.
“Pauline defined deep listening as, “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts as well as musical sounds.” She urged us to, “Take a walk at night, and walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.” ~Andrea Williams /WLP http://www.worldlisteningproject.org/
I had a few experiments with sounds related to the actual ground, which I might post in the future but I decided to relook at the word Ground, as it does have several meanings.
Obviously there is the noun –
The solid surface of the earth:
Then this struck a chord…
An area of land or sea used for a specified purpose:
“Shore dumping can pollute fishing grounds”
That got me thinking…
As I have said, I love poetry and came across a poem by Carol Ann Duffy, “Keep it in the Ground” – http://www.carolannduffy.co.uk which is about climate change and it does have sea references.
Taking a few words and combining them with my own recordings of the Kittiwakes and seashore here in the North East of England, I created a piece linked to the idea of sea pollution. I have many recordings of Kittiwakes but being an electronic musician primarily, I am interested how sound can change into something else with a few simple processes and here a “spoiled by wind” recording morphed into a mournful sea bird chorus. The wind rumbles on occasion and there are some odd anomalies, but as Museleon, these are the weird sonic strangeness’s that I’m really interested in.
What I can say is it is not a pure field recording as I am not a field recordist. It is a sound picture and like most of Museleon tracks is best listened through headphones.

Artwork by Museleon based on a photograph “Dead Kittiwake probably caused by oil pollution (13/2/ 2006)”
Waterfowl Research Group of Taiwan
Changua Coast Conservation
credit – 2.0 Generic (CC-BY-NC-SC 2.00 Attribution – Non Commercial Share).

Haiku #4

 

Recently, I decided to revisit the Haiku project from 2016 and do some work on it, aiming to eventually post all 12 ‘reduxed’ versions.
Haiku # 4 – Koi, was originally a much bigger piece but, as with all these Haiku’s, I decided to pare it down and experiment with tiny samples from a longer field recording of a babbling brook.
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.

Haiku #4 was originally based on a modern Haiku by Bernard Gadd –
lake’s brown surface
suddenly glinting
scarlet, orange…the koi
However in the new version I imagined the Koi swimming and coming up for air in a large tank at a local Garden Centre, hence the gushing water sounds of the oxygenators. Not quite as romantic.
The artwork, Two Koi,  was created by Museleon but this is what the image of the soundfile looks like –

Koi Raw Image.jpg

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.