The Festival of Art & Design has invited the distinguished designer and artist Peter Maybury to direct a special edition of his on-going project, Messages Sonores for this year’s programme—a participatory field recording activity.
Messages Sonores involves the collecting of recordings of everyday sounds—from the street, birds, footsteps or domestic noises—conversation, pouring water, sweeping the floor. Peter will collate these sounds using simple editing techniques and then sequence/compose them to suggest movement through space and the passing of time.
You will be loaned an audio-recorder to use over a one-week period. Peter will then edit and compile these recordings, and produce an edition of 100 CDs for distribution. Six editions have been produced to date.
Peter will be in conversation with Christopher Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at Ulster University. They will be chatting about the idea of 'recording' in all its forms (or the impulse to do so). What we think we’re doing, and what we’re actually doing—looking at the process of capture, store and release.
When it boils down to it, is making music, field recordings, designing a book, printed matter or documenting with film and video, essentially the same thing?
They’re each about trying to get to a source energy, and to capture and in some way charge the content or amplify aspects of it, making an ‘object’ that is a storage device that later releases that energy. In a music performance this process is instantaneous—playing is physical and emotional energy transfer—literally pushing air at the receiver. An audience can feel this energy physically as well as, emotionally.
Christopher worked for over a decade as a publisher at Fällt Publishing a publishing house specialising in experimental music, design and criticism. Fällt released Maybury's CD Land, Live @ Rausch in the early 2000s. Christopher also curated Invisible Cities, a sound installation featuring sonic portraits of cities all over the world.
1. After lunch; music coming from a bookshop, walking across dry leaves 2. Scraping wax from the stone floor, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha, midday 3. Marie-Pierre sweeps the apartment floor 4. Trumpet practice, Rua dos Caetanos, 11am 5. Practicing the piano, apartment next door, late morning 6. Tram 7. Walkabout with commentary, Sunday afternoon (excerpt) 8. Leaving the apartment
Recorded by Peter Maybury, Lisbon, December 2007. Edited and compiled in Dublin, January 2008
Messages sonores (09-3), Venice
1. Departures, Seville airport, 6.45am 2. Thunder, shoppers, mobile phone, Venice hotel room, 11.40am 3. Bells, thunder, rain, shoppers, midday 4. Bells/ pigeons, Place S. Marco 5. Florian café 6. Walking through the Belgian pavilion "1907 – After the party" 7. Turning posters in the display rack, Belgian pavilion 8. Hand claps inside the Estonian gas pipe 9. A small sign rubbing against the wall outside the Japanese pavilion 10. Vaporetto stop, Giardini 11. Walking through the structures of the rain-damaged Chinese pavilion, with distant bells 12. Two moored vaporettos at Arsenale, 6.50pm, Sunday 13. Leaving Venice with a roller suitcase (not us) at 6am 14. Vaporetto leaving Venice, 6.45am
Recorded by Peter Maybury, Venice, September 2008. Edited and compiled in Dublin, October 2009.
Messages sonores (10-1), Tokyo
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Recorded by Toshimaru Nakamura, Tokyo, October 2009. Edited and compiled by Peter Maybury in Dublin, January 2010.
Messages sonores (10-2), Dublin
1. one minute 2. balloon surface 3. fingernails on fabric 4. vocal recordings from distillery vat 5. balloon bouncing 6. autumn leaves 7. grass and crow 8. wood being chopped 9. tearing paper 10. scissors
Recorded by Martina McDonald, Dublin, November 2009. Edited and compiled by Peter Maybury in Dublin, January 2010.