Winter Schnee

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This is a short video I made as part of my long term project “12 Monate” (12 Months) which I´m making on an old army training range which is now a nature reserve.

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12 Months, a Winter Trailer

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I´ve been rather quiet of late, it´s been partly due to the amount of work I´ve put in on a long term video/sound project I´m making on an ex military training ground near here, which is now a nature reserve. This is a winter trailer for “12 Monate” which will hopefully give you some idea about what the project´s about. The release date will be sometime in 20119.

Pond – A Soundscape

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This soundscape is part of a long term project called “12 Monaten” I´m making about an ex military training ground near Landshut, Bavaria, Germany. First you can hear general sounds from around the pond, then, using a hydrophone, I´ve recorded the sounds in the water. What you can hear are various insects stridulating. I think the louder stridulations are made by Notenecta glauca – in English water boatman or backswimmer and in German, Gemeiner Rückenschwimmer. It´ll be interesting to record sound here as the year progresses, the water becomes warmer and more animals both invertebrate and vertebrate become active, for example toads and frogs.

Alone

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One form of creative work that I really enjoy, and find hugely fulfilling, is working with other artists. The poet Bob Burden has used my photography as a touchstone for his work. The products of this joint work have resulted in the, and here I use the old film developing term,”super-additivity” of “The Keeper´s Cottage” and “Soldier´s Rock“. And now I´ve just finished a project with Mike Stanton. Mike, a Texan who lives in Munich Germany,  is not only an excellent mountaineer but also an extremely accomplished composer and musician. A few months ago I listend to his piece, “Alone”, and was immediately captivated by it, and wanted to set the emotions it generated in me to pictures. The result is this video, which I shot with my wife over two evenings, and which I spent the better part of last week editing. For me it had to be black and white and at night. I´ve tried to illustrate not only the feelings of isolation and “aloneness” but also the counterpoint of strength that I felt within this piece. I love this subtle piece of music and have tried to do justice to it with my pictures and edit.

Wind Turbine Soundscape

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A few months ago I visited the new wind turbine that´s been erected near where I live. Visually   it´s obviously eye catching, but what really caught my attention were the noises emanating from it, so I decided to return not just armed with my photographic gear, but also my sound recording equipment too. To capture the sound I used a stereo microphone set to 120 degrees, a shotgun microphone and a contact microphone. The contact microphone was attached to various parts of the structure – most of the sounds picked up by the contact microphone were generated by the turbine but a few were caused by me either striking or stroking the structure. I then edited the sounds together, some of them have been slightly manipulated. This is best heard with either good speakers or headphones.