.. sound chronicles
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Ever since the early eighties, like many, I have a regular companion: a Sony walkman. (It was a stereo one, at first. But already for many years now, I use a mono machine, which in fact is only suitable for use with the 'normal type' cassette tapes.) Unlike most, however, I never ever use my walkman to listen to music. It's my dictaphone. I use it to record. Whichever sounds for whatever reason wherever suddenly make me listen. I have a series of little notebooks (on the cover of the first one of which, long ago, I wrote the Dutch word 'snapschoten' - you will not find this in a dictionary; it is kind of a dutchification of the english word 'snapshots', of course) in which I write down date, place, time and a short description of each recorded fragment. In the course of the years this gave rise to an extensive collection of 'lo fi' recorded real life sound samples.
("Chronique Sonore") is a series of montages that I started
early 2000, making - pretty much exclusive - use of this collection of
'real life' recordings.
2. The second volume of the Sound Chronicles is the first in a series of (almost) unedited and (almost) one-take monophonic dictaphone recordings, that I call 'Zuivere Slaolie'. It has been recorded in Amsterdam on october 26th, 2005 between 12h00 and 13h00. The few edits and the compilation were done in the spring of 2006.
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