Tuesday, May 01, 2007

sleppet...

i'm still in norway working on a project related to grieg and the norwegian spring. while i didn't really intend to use the archives in relation to my own work, if anyone is interested in the project, the curator (jorgen the sleppet super-hero!) has created a site/blog at http://www.sleppet.no. there are photos, sounds and video of the journey so far... today i made recordings of an ant hill on a snowy mountain surrounded by tiny cabins abandoned until spring...and yes... i got covered with ants... ygh!... i'm still searching for trolls...

11 Comments:

Blogger greg davis said...

looks like a cool project steve.
id love to do a field recording project like that someday.

8:57 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

yeah, i have to say this project is kind of a dream project. not just the recordings i've been able to make but also visiting norway and the landcapes we've navigated have been humbling. i have to admit i was stunned when i got the invite. it's been an unbelievably journey so far. it's taken about 15 years to get such an opportunity... i'm certain in your case it will happen sooner :-)

2:13 PM  
Blogger kclare said...

I suppose May Day was a particularly good day for glimpsing trolls, if any were to be seen…

Well, you’ve made a number of us quite jealous, but it looks just *stunning* where you are and you should feel especially at home, considering many of your favorite writers… and I see you have brought some strings!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Ted Barron said...

just what does an anthill SOUND like?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Moon River said...

i wonder how the osund of ants sounds like...the photos shows a paradise-like place.
i still go back to some old project of yours, i keep discovering, such as the 'vessel of silence', and the moon works, i guess i just love how your mind tics, and your vocabulary imagery :)

8:19 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

they've added the sounds of the anthill recording to the same post on the sleppet site. indeed it was one of the most profound nature experiences i have had, and one of the best projects i've been involved with. i'm looking forward to taking the 16 hours of audio material i recorded (as well as 9 hours of video) and beginning to focus on the creation of the work. it is supposed to be sound based, but it is certainly seeming like it will expand from there to include visuals of some sort as well as a text work and who knows what else... the ridiculousness of the life one leads in this day and age of overload is how to retain the memories of the experience when after taking 30 hours to get home and being home for a single day and being barraged by phone, email, upcoming projects, etc...it already seems like it happened a month ago..

1:57 AM  
Blogger Ted Barron said...

beautiful sounds. reminds me of a few things: melting snow and birds chirping in early spring, and the clicking of a runoff groove of a very old 78 on a victrola.

8:58 AM  
Blogger the art of memory said...

have you seen the jgrzinich ant video (with a contact mic)? very nice.
i bet some of them are quite famous in the ant sound world.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Eurotrash said...

loved your impromptu avalanche filming!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous jgrzinich said...

I don't have my "ant video" online, but it might be good to post it on my blog (I'll do it next week).

Great adventure Steve. Looks like you had some good people to work with as well. I know Marc and I met Jana on a (strange) trip to Belarus. Curious to see what come from your material. I wonder if Grieg could have imagined such a project 100 years ago.

1:59 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

ah mr barron...nothing better than finding victrola grooves in ants... yes!!!!! indeed grzinich, if you post your ants let me know. i shot about 30 seconds of video with my digital camera of them, but they started crawling up my legs, it was pretty nasty... i had met marc before, but meeting jana was great - she used some incredible underwater hydrophones to make recordings of water; and it was stellar to be able to work a little with chris watson. i don't know what grieg would've though about this project, but i wonder if he was turning over in his grave when i was able to get an hour alone in his writing cabin to make recordings and i started picking up things on his desk, striking his tuning fork, and plucking the broken strings on the fiddle hanging on his wall :-)

6:51 AM  

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