Walking in the City (or Elsewhere), Sounds Are Heard and Recorded Without Employing the Subjective and Limiting Filter of Conventional, Transducer Based Sound Recording Technology
Walking in the City is a blog in which I will contribute a series of log entries describing acoustic events and phenomena that I selectively audit in New York City. Others are welcome to make additional contributions online. A set time and meeting place can be decided upon and individuals can travel alone or in groups as they audit and log sounds. I plan on employing either a wireless messaging device to moblog or update the log "on the street," or I will send updates from a variety of online link points throughout the city. Others may moblog by entering updates from remote locations (moblogging, wifi, rental computers, libraries, etc.). It is my hope that a stream of logs, descriptions, and accounts of sounds and acoustic events will be generated. Printouts of the accumulated logs and descriptions will be posted at Participant Inc.
My ongoing blog effects is a "log" as understood in radio and film/video production, where all sounds that have been recorded are transcribed and described as part of a script. Voices, specific sounds (or sound effects), and ambient sound can all be included as log entries. Over time, the log becomes an accumulation of interior and exterior sounds that I (and perhaps others) isolate, audit, and somehow examine through the act of writing. Wandering around the city, one can attempt to analyze the poetics and psychoacoustics of sound events without employing the subjective and limiting filter of conventional, transducer based sound recording technology.
New York, New York
Kabir Carter lives and works in New York City and has studied electroacoustic composition with David Behrman and Richard Teitelbaum at Bard College. He also studies privately with composer and performer Joan La Barbara and was recently selected by Robert Ashley to attend a composers' residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Kabir's work focuses on urban environmental sound, acoustic feedback, analog sound synthesis, transmissive acoustics, specialized microphone technologies, and the presentation of live electroacoustic work in public spaces. He has begun presenting Walking in the City in various incarnations, the first one being for the Miami based music festival Subtropics. He has also realized Shared Frequencies, a public art project in New York City that combines two-way radio and other acoustic transmissions with analog signal modification as part of a mobile electroacoustic studio.