TAYLOR DEUPREE : ONE SOUND EACH DAY, 2009

On january 1st, 2008 I began a project where I would take one polaroid picture every day of 2008. It was a fun, challenging, and sometimes frustrating endeavor, but I now have 365 polaroids portraying the ups and downs and travels of a year in my life. And 2009 is upon us...

The most rewarding aspect of that project was the fact that every day I was forced to look at the world around me and experience each day on a very visual level. Oftentimes, though, I'd pass over what turned out to be a great photographic opportunity in the hope a better one would be around the corner, resulting in a mediocre photo for the day. However, the project was not about the “best” photography but rather simply of a diary of seeing for a year.

As 2008 drew to a close I set my sights to 2009. A picture-a-day was very challenging, do Igive myself a break, freedom from carrying the Polaroid with me every day, freedom from having to constantly be on the lookout? Or, was the forcing of this creative project on me every day a priceless exercise? Never one to rest, I have decided that in 2009, starting on January 1st, of course, I will carry a small digital audio recorder with me every day of the year and record one sound per day.

As a musician I rarely work with “field recordings” although I am familiar with them enough as a sound source and have used them in my compositions from time to time. However, I am always listening and find beauty and serenity in many of the everyday sounds that surround me. This exercise will not only force me to listen more carefully every day, but expand my own sound palette. Like my polaroids, it will not be about capturing a "perfect" sound, but be a simple audio diary of each day. Undoubtedly, there will be many wonderful sounds that I capture, but that is not the primary focus of the project.

I will not set a time limit on each day’s recordings, but rather make each recording as long as it needs to be to capture whatever it is i’ll be recording. Along with the recorder I will carry a small notebook and make a note of date and time as well as location and “subject.” These recordings will be featured on my blog (12kblog.wordpress.com) and, of course, this web page.

If 2008 was a year of seeing every day, 2009 will be a year of listening. The death of Polaroid's instant film market has made the Polaroid-a-day difficult to continue... My project was timely. Needless to say, as a photographer, I will never stop looking, nor will I rarely be caught without a camera, but to form a year’s worth of living and travelling with an audio diary will be a new way for me to experience each day.

- Taylor Deupree



JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

 

 

APRIL 30
New Canaan, CT, around 2:30pm

a minute and 23 seconds of being alone in Philip Johnson's Glass House. trying to make as little noise as possible... as it should be. then walking to the two doors, closing them, and leaving. one of the best minutes i've ever spent on my birthday.

 


APRIL 28
New Canaan, CT, 7:40pm

in a restaurant for dinner. a walk from the bathroom back down to the table. i like the morphing of music, into music, into crowd.

 


APRIL 28
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:00am

early morning birds.

 


APRIL 27
Pound Ridge, NY, 2:46am

woken up in the wee hours of the morning by two raccoons in the tree outside the bedroom. not sure if they were playing, mating, fighting... before this recording they were on the ground in what seemed like a vicious fight. it was too dark to see anything except for the silhouettes once they went up into the tree.

 


APRIL 26
Wesport, CT, around 3:30pm

unseasonably hot day, so we spent it at the beach.

 


APRIL 25
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:14pm

close-up mic of an external 1TB hard drive writing files i'm archiving. thump/click is the hard drive, noisefloor is the laptop fan/noise.

 


APRIL 24
Pound Ridge, NY, 12:00pm

while geocaching (a close shave) in the Westchester Wilderness Walk... recorded in a pool of water populated by skunk cabbage. small trickles of water, and a distant bird. it was a beautiful day.

 


APRIL 23
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:45am

the same Korg NanoKey controller controlling the frequency of a feedbacking patch in Kyma, which is playing in the background.

 


APRIL 22
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:02pm

just seeing how the binaural microphones pick up the guitar when i drop them into the body of the acoustic. the guitar was still on its stand, and i just plucked with one finger for a little while.

 


APRIL 21
Pound Ridge, NY, 1:20pm

the clicking of the small plastic keys of a Korg NanoKey controller.
 


APRIL 20
New York, NY, around 2:15pm

walking down Madison Ave in the pouring rain. also, after listening to this recording, the last time i will ever use the Limiter on the Tascam recorder. similar to the ocean recording from a few days ago, the limiter is anything but transparent... really kicks in horrible pumping artifacts. destroyed this recording... although, there were heavy winds which blew the levels out a lot. still, not the nicest limiter.

 


APRIL 19
Ridgefield, CT, 7pm

a musical toy in a public park/playground. rubber mallet on glock-type bars. some nice ringing. trying to also capture the sliding of the cable attached to the mallet. the sound around 20 seconds is a wheel filled with beans (?) that turns and makes shaker/rainstick sounds.

 


APRIL 18
Pound Ridge, NY about 5:30pm

during a youth baseball game at the town park. something really great about the natural reverb of this one.

 


APRIL 17
Pound Ridge, NY 12:40pm

turning out the exterior water pipes after a cold winter. this is the sound of spraying the hose in the yard.

 


APRIL 16
Pound Ridge, NY between 9 and 10pm

i never get tired of the late night spring (or summer) sounds around here. as you will hear, the forest really becomes alive in as it gets closer to summer.

 


APRIL 15
Pound Ridge, NY 1:16pm

table umbrella on deck blowing in the wind. clamps against poles, canvas fluttering.

 


APRIL 14
Pound Ridge, NY 11:22pm

silent night outside. noise is mostly noise-floor from recording after about 35db gain. some nice soft clicks here and there.

 


APRIL 13
Pound Ridge, NY late afternoon

experimenting with an SP-1200 sampler and an output-to-input feedback loop. sampling the feedback loop and making rhythms.

 


APRIL 12
Charlotte, North Carolina, 6:40pm

waiting at gate E1 for connecting flight home. those little vehicles that shuttle people around were dopplering around me.

 


APRIL 11
Venice, Florida, around 9pm

another sidewalk walk through the crickets and late night insects.

 


APRIL 10
Venice, Florida, around noon

an attempted recording at the oceanside... i had to high-pass filter the excessive wind in the mic which made the recording sound very pushed and broken... gives it some character though.

 


APRIL 9
Venice, Florida, around 7am

a walk down the sidewalk the same sidewalk. nighttime insects replaced by morning birds. small clicks are the handling of the recorder... i think they are interesting.

 


APRIL 8
Venice, Florida, evening

a walk down the sidewalk. a little girl passes on a scooter.

 


APRIL 7
Mount Kisco, NY, 12:02pm

noodling around in the infant toy aisle at a store while running errands.

 


APRIL 6
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:40am

snapping together Legos.™

 


APRIL 5
Paris, France, 6:26am

woken up only 3 hours after i went to sleep by the sound of these birds in the courtyard outside my hotel window. they were quite beautiful and i knew i had to drag myself out of bed to get the recorder. it was worth it... one of the more memorable sounds from my trip.

 


APRIL 4
Paris, France, right before lunch.

standing on a street in Montmarte... trying to record a street musician and realizing my microphones are not really the right kind, and i was too far away. he was playing an upright bass, which failed to be captured. the sound of his tambourine can be heard (he was stepping on it with his foot). fortunately, the environmental sounds are nice as well.

 


APRIL 3
Paris, France, around noon.

the "moat" room in the basement of the Louvre. boardwalk around original castle wall.

 


APRIL 2
Paris, France, early afternoon

Metro ride with Ken and Clémence en route to Radio France for interview.

 


APRIL 1
Paris, France, early afternoon

a complete circle walk through the interior of Notre Dame. quite a nice reverb and lucky to have the choral singing.