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 this project has been the fact that every day I have been forced to look. 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



FEBRUARY 28
Pound Ridge, NY, daytime


charlie patton's "rattlesnake blues." couldn't pass up recording this scratchily coming out of the car stereo. so textural and tactile.


 



FEBRUARY 27
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:35pm

elementary school auditorium after fundraising bingo night.


 



FEBRUARY 26
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:56pm


the runout groove of a really bad record from the 70's. the runout groove is the nicest sounding thing on the record.


 




FEBRUARY 25
no sound.


went out late at night to record in the car. left memory card @ home, not in recorder. couldn't record... it was after midnight by the time i got home.




FEBRUARY 24
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:11pm


acoustic guitar through MemoryMan pedal and an Eventide H3000. quick and dirty loop. i'm tired and could fall asleep to this.


 




FEBRUARY 23
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:09pm


turning out to be one of my favorite sounds of winter... the heaters warming up in the studio...


 




FEBRUARY 22
Katonah, NY, 10:29pm


AM radio noise while driving down Rt. 35 after a hockey game. some of it was very beautiful, abstract.


 




FEBRUARY 21
Purchase, NY, around 2pm


a flock of geese (?) flying away in the distance. did my best to capture it as i left the neuberger museum.


 




FEBRUARY 20
Pound Ridge, NY, around 9pm


30 seconds of a ticking clock.


 




FEBRUARY 19
Pound Ridge, NY, around 8pm


my son singing happy birthday in the bathtub tonight.. (it's his birthday). i love his voice.


 




FEBRUARY 18
New York, NY, around 3pm


walking around South Street Seaport. hurrying to car.. windy and cold.


 




FEBRUARY 17
Pound Ridge, NY, around 12:30pm


almost sounds like spring.


 




FEBRUARY 16
Suffield, CT, early afternoon


plucking the strings inside my parent's grand piano.


 




FEBRUARY 15
Pound Ridge, NY ?


i actually have no idea what i recorded here... but after filtering out some low rumble i'm left with what amounts to the high freq noise floor and fluttering on the recorder... kind of nice!


 




FEBRUARY 14
Pound Ridge, NY 8:44pm


another loop from the nord modular G2 and my new pseudo-looper patch.


 




FEBRUARY 13
Pound Ridge, NY 11:42pm


it's almost midnight... and i have no sound. a quick sampling of the room. the room is quite quiet.. most of the sound here is greatly amplified roomtone.


 




FEBRUARY 12
Brewster, NY, 10:40pm


walking into the hockey rink for a (typical) late night game. we won, 9-2.


 


FEBRUARY 11
Pound Ridge, NY around 11am


unseasonably warm weather today. set the recorder on a big pond attempting to capture the melting ice.


 


 

FEBRUARY 10
Pound Ridge, NY 9:52pm


ukelele and microphone noises through looper pedal


 




FEBRUARY 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 120:12pm


experimenting with infinite delays on the Nord Modular G2 synthesizer. making a patch i can use alongside my guitar loops perhaps. recorder sitting on desk, noisily picking up sound coming out of the monitors.


 




FEBRUARY 8
Pound Ridge, NY afternoon


we finally break out of the 20's (F).. into the 40s. beautiful, remotely spring-like... and the first rain of the year. heavy, windy. this recording makes it sound rather violent. a testament to, what i now believe to be, really bad microphones on this aging recorder. this is rain falling heavily on the skylights. Soleri chime blowing in the background.


 



FEBRUARY 7
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:36pm


more sounds of systems. the buzzing of the transformers of the halogen lights in the master closet.


 


FEBRUARY 6
New Canaan, CT around 8pm


exiting our favorite restaurant in New Canaan. walking through.. past the fountain.. and zipping up my coat before heading out into the frigid night.


 


FEBRUARY 5
Pound Ridge, NY 2pm


listening to systems around the house. this is my laser printer after completing a print job.


 


FEBRUARY 4
no sound.




FEBRUARY 3
New York City, around 8pm


one of my least favorite sounds in the world: the trains coming in and out of Union Square subway station. the sound is hellish and piercing. if you have to wait a while for the right train you get bombarded with these sounds. this recording does not do justice to the physical sensation of being there.


 




FEBRUARY 2
Pound Ridge, NY 8:59pm


i need to decide for myself if i will allow self-made sounds (ie, from instruments, in my case) into my sound-a-day project. today's post is my 2nd self-made sound.. so, i guess they are showing up. but i am still recording these sounds with my field recorder, so they retain a sense of removal, noise and otherwise roomy tone.

this sound is the ukelele i bought in hawai'i going through an Eventide H3000 on a stuck loop.

 





FEBRUARY 1
Pound Ridge, NY 4:44pm


more melting snow and ice. it's what passes for fun around here on a quiet sunday. actually, it's 45 degrees outside.. .downright balmy considering we havne't seen much above 20 for the entire year yet.