I took a trip out this week with a couple of people who will be working on the vocal elements of the piece. We went to some of the places where I’ve recorded sound and taken footage. We listened-in, connecting to these places with our ears, and thought about how we might use our voices in the piece.
It was bone-chilling weather but interesting to hear the landscape I’d visited in the summer in its winter state. With the aid of recording equipment we could hear our surroundings amplified in a way that can’t be experienced with the ‘naked-ear’. Up in the scrub there was a surprising amount of bird-life despite it being mid-winter.
Musical ideas that surfaced on the windy hillside were the sounds of susurration (whispering or rustling), drones, and vocal rounds using sounds or words evocative of the landscape.