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. The only rule I will set on myself is that all of sounds must be recorded through a microphone, no direct line connections into the recorder. This will assure a certain quality (at times, poor) and character. 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

 

DECEMBER 31
Pound Ridge, NY, 3:59pm

the final sound of this year with a little bit of video. a beautiful, snowy december 31st here in Pound Ridge and one minute of audio composed with an old acoustic guitar, an ebow, and an electro harmonix looping box. this One Sound Each Day project has been a lot more difficult than ever imagined it would be, but i felt that i discovered and appreciated everyday sounds in a totally new way throughout the year. i hope the quiet and often mundane sounds of my every day life have inspired you to listen more closely around your everyday as well.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LAST SOUND AND VIDEO.


DECEMBER 30
Pound Ridge, NY, 5pm

one of the last recordings to be made with a broken guitar (owned by gwendolyn alker and kenneth kirschner). this was the guitar used on "northern", but it's in pretty sad shape. it's resting on a chair.

 


DECEMBER 29
Norwalk, CT, around 1pm

at a bowling alley with annoying music, loud people, and the oddly fun sport of bowling.

 


DECEMBER 28
Pound Ridge, NY, 3:04pm

shaking a California "San Francisco" snow globe. unfortunately, you can't hear the sound of the glittery "snow" settling on the skyline.

 


DECEMBER 27
Pound Ridge, NY, morning

a water-spritz bottle, misting the houseplants.

 


DECEMBER 26
Suffield, CT, late morning

rain on the tin roof of my parents' house, recorded through a partially open window.

 


DECEMBER 25
Suffield, CT, 7:15am

an old, spinning, wooden christmas toy in the library of my parents' house in front of the fireplace on christmas morning.

 


DECEMBER 24
New Hartford, CT, around 9pm

a tall, 4-tined sculpture by Harry Bertoia owned by my uncle who's father was given the sculpture by Bertoia himself. this was recorded on christmas eve and, sadly, in a rush only with my iPhone as, in classic Tascam DR-1 style, the "fully charged" battery proved to be dead.

 


DECEMBER 23
no sound.


 

DECEMBER 22
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

... and then they start sawing floorboards over my head. not a pleasant sound. i was going to get out my good microphones and looper pedals and try to make a live composition, but i wasn't in the mood.

 


DECEMBER 21
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:10am

house (de)construction on the room above my studio. times like this, i can't really work.

 


DECEMBER 20
Pound Ridge, NY, early afternoon

christmas shopping at a local bookstore.

 


DECEMBER 19
Pound Ridge, NY, late evening

the sound of the window shades in my studio clicking against the wall as they're being moved from the gentle hot air of heaters underneath.

 


DECEMBER 18
Pound Ridge, NY, 2pm

physical modeled plucks and wooden resonances.

 


DECEMBER 17
Pound Ridge, NY, early afternoon

the sound of a DAT machine rewinding an old tape as i go through archives for my old Audio.NL material for re-release.

 


DECEMBER 16
Pound Ridge, NY, 4:40pm

finding quiet in an electric-piano inspired sound i created.

 


DECEMBER 15
Pound Ridge, NY, around 11am

renovations on the house begin. the sound of men digging footings for the new addition. recorded through my studio window as i worry over the coming 6 months of construction and noise.

 


DECEMBER 14
no sound.


DECEMBER 13
Pound Ridge, NY, late evening

turning the pages of my archival storage book of last year's one-polaroid-everyday project. trying to remember the circumstances under which each image was taken and reflecting on the year.

 


DECEMBER 12
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:14pm

christmas has hit the house, tree, fire, warm cocktails. this is a small christmas music box playing by the fire.

 


DECEMBER 11
Pound Ridge, NY, 1:30pm

i put the recorder out on the railing under the birdfeeder and walked away. let the birds eat and poke around the recorder. fortunately, none of them landed on it.

 


DECEMBER 10
Pound Ridge, NY, around 7pm

snow, and strong wind, blowing against the living room window.

 


DECEMBER 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 10am

more looper fun. just small acoustic instruments.

 


DECEMBER 8
Pound Ridge, NY, afternoon

re-wired my patch bay to allow easier access to my loopers via my preamps. testing out hookup with my relatively new beyerdynamic MC930 microphones.

 


DECEMBER 7
no sound.


DECEMBER 6
Pound Ridge, NY, 12:20am

the sound of snow falling from inside of the car. it was the least windy place i could find to record the soft sounds of snow striking glass. almost slipped on the ice on my way out to the car in the pitch black... left the recorder running and forgot about it until after 1 in the morning. this for my upcoming project that i posted some images for before this on the blog.

 


DECEMBER 5
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

acoustic, ebow, and Memory Man w/ Hazarai pedal. i let this one run pretty much all day in the studio.

 


DECEMBER 4
Pound Ridge, NY, around 4 or 5pm

a moment of sound is better than a moment of silence, isn't it? made after i had to say goodbye to one of my beloved cats, sushi.

 


DECEMBER 3
Pound Ridge, NY, night

loop3 with the time factor. dark, maybe i knew.

 


DECEMBER 2
Pound Ridge, NY, 4:20pm

much nicer than yesterdays. acoustic, ebow, time factor and nice big reverb.

 


DECEMBER 1
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:30am

the start of a week of quick guitar loops. this one created with the acoustic, an ebow + eventide time factor.