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 â€œEarthâ€ and â€œWaterâ€ employ the use of granular sampling. This form of sound synthesis captures small samples or â€œgrainsâ€ 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 listenerâ€™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.Â
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 waterâ€™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.
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