Looking for my own rhythm through (spoken) words and (plant) touch
STORY ABOUT TOUCH
The baseline in this multi-track is my own voice speaking, "I don't know" which I then looped and altered using pitch and eq. I was trying to use words and the speaking voice as a way to find rhythm, while making the words themselves into word-less sounds.
With the blackberry recordings, I touched the dried leaves with my fingertips, and recorded using both a rode and condensor microphone. In Reaper, I experimented with keeping the frequencies below 40hz and between 8-12khz. Knowing that the high frequencies in entering your head and body, can cause immediate physical reactions in me (like when a baby cries), I wanted to play with sounds that can potentially annoy as well as lower frequencies that can sooth or resonate with lower body parts/organs. I find that the combination creates space in the middle, although a very specific kind of unnerving space, due to the high frequencies.
EXPERIMENTING WITH WORDS
I'm exploring singular words as a way to find rhythm, as well as overlapping them until only consonants or syllables are recognizable. How many words can be simultaneously overlapped and still be understood? I think 3-4... The hearing of them is immediate, but the understanding of the word(s) comes later.
flow category low pass
I recorded on my Tascam (with its internal speakers) myself speaking singular words. I then uploaded those words to Soundplant and played with finding a rhythm with them, overlapping and speeding up. I recorded some of these experiments and edited them in Reaper. For both "flow category" tracks, I lowered the high frequencies, but in the one titled "flow category low pass", I lowered also the middle frequencies beginning at about 500hz.
In the original recording with the Tascam, the word tree has some kind of extra sound, like a low beat... this was unintentional! I think it was made by accidentally touching the microphone; I would need to redo these recordings for my final performance.
Blackberry in your head 20Khz