A Composer in an Art Gallery: Day 1

Ahh! Identity crisis. 

 Exploring the outdoor art gallery, looking for the best places to record. Wearing my best gym shorts.

Exploring the outdoor art gallery, looking for the best places to record. Wearing my best gym shorts.

Except no, not really. Today marks the beginning of my residency at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. I've been commissioned by the art park to build a sound installation. The art park is located in Cazenovia, NY, where I grew up. The installation, I was walking home, features field recordings from NYC, my former home, and from the art park in my former hometown. I'm attempting to create a sonic portrait of these two locations that have had a huge impact on me as a person and an artist. The field recordings are combined with music, acoustic and digital, to create a soundscape that blurs the line between real and synthetic, urban and country, home and travel. 

All of this comes as I prepare to make the biggest move in my life to Georgetown, Guyana. The exploration of home is set in stark relief by the impending move.

Today was mostly spent settling in and exploring the art park, trying to get a sense of where the best location to record from is. I have a good idea of where to start tomorrow morning and can't wait to bring my recording equipment out into the wild. 

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