Saturday, March 31, 2007

big metal cloud of train sound...


a home made early radio sound effect disc made by buddy kling. note the hand written label: "sound effect riding on train". you can hear a whistle at times but the rest sounds a lot like a hugely distorted dust storm coming from a giant cloud made of metal.

speaking of large colored clouds, i'm taking the train down to san diego today to see a morris louis show. the paintings should be a lot quieter than this.

the train here is a cluster of droning majestic confrontational transcendence, like henry flynt in a metallic dream house.

with trains, i can't help but think of the films of ozu, and this sounds like one of his early films that hasn't been restored.

take a listen and have a pleasant journey.

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Blogger kclare said...

This is such a wonderful recording! I’m also reminded of Ozu when I hear/see trains. But this recording also kind of reminds me of Renoir’s La Bete Humaine…perhaps because Gabin was *really* driving that train in the film, and all those train scenes are like these rowdy, wind-driven field recordings; at least that’s how I’m remembering it…

3:14 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

yeah, this is pretty "dirty" sounding for ozu, a little too much grit. i'll have to dig out the renoir, gabin is at the top of my list (we watched 4 or 5 of his films a few weeks ago...) and i saw that so long ago i'm ripe for rediscovering it.

8:54 PM  
Blogger greg davis said...

wow, that is lovely.

a train made out of wind gusts and river tides...

1:19 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

i thought you wrote wind guts...! i'm sure we share a love of machines that sound like nature!

7:18 PM  

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