Audio Collage

Audio Collage

This is an in-progress version of the work I made during my recent PVA MediaLab SALT residency. The proposal for the residency revolved around treating recorded audio as if it were a collage or palimpsest. What I like about these formats, is that although the top layer of paper or writing covers up what’s below, you’re always aware that there is something below, even though it may not be entirely clear what that something is. In terms of the document, Norman M Klein describes this quite nicely – he states that ‘the historian’s writing should include an open-ended diagram of what information cannot be found: the document that was tossed away; the cracks in the sidewalk where the roots of trees, now gone, lifted the street’. In relation to my practice, I’m interested in leaving a visual or audible reference of this residue, something that indicates that what’s on the surface, isn’t all that’s there. The track is made from a number of recordings at different times of day and night from around Bridport, which have since been constructed into a soundscape in which some sounds are clear and up-close, whereas others have a feeling of audio remnants, from further away. This was originally presented as a stereo mix via a 5.1 set-up – this is an edited version, designed to be listened to via headphones.