I had a lot of fun with this week’s disquiet assignment made in conjunction with Musikfestival Bern (www.musikfestivalbern.ch):
Make sonic art for a space with the sounds of that space.
The festival theme is the German word “rauschen” or in Danish “susen“ which translates to many things like: movement, resonance, temperature, state of mind, hiss or noise.
Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet Junto Founder and Moderator) describes:
“rauschen” is noise in the sense of white noise, waterfall noise, background noise, static, wind in trees, rain, etc. The blurred, diffuse, continuous kind of noise, not short individual non-tonal sounds.
The assignment supplied eleven field recordings from the empty festival spaces, which I then processed in various ways as a constant evolving composition.
I wanted to create a track with many rauschen rooms in constant flux. I looped all the Bern recordings, staggered them on individual tracks and grouped/bussed them according to exterior and interior. I then morphed the groups together using MORPH 2, reversed some tracks and added delays, reverbs, EQ and compression. Even though the track has a repetitive structure, it never sounds the same and constantly evolves with details from the raw recordings bobbing above and below the surface.