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

 

JUNE 30
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:38pm

a bit of quick guitar playing/processing.

 


JUNE 29
Pound Ridge, NY, 1:38pm

found a small rock inside a plastic bottle as i was carrying it to the recycling bin. two different parts to the recording here. one close up, one arm's length away in garage.

 


JUNE 28
Pound Ridge, NY, 7:32am

room tone.

 


JUNE 27
Pound Ridge, NY, late afternoon

at the town park by the pool. i've done a few recordings here and there's always interesting natural reverbs.

 


JUNE 26
Pound Ridge, NY, evening

a thunderstorm brewing with a few drops of rain. the rain never seems to stop.

 


JUNE 25
Pound Ridge, NY, 6pm

an interesting bird call as evening comes. not sure what kind of bird that is.

 


JUNE 24
Pound Ridge, NY, 3pm

toy walkie-talkie's beeping out a simple message.

 


JUNE 23
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:44pm

a quiet night off the back porch.

 


JUNE 22
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:15pm

legos.

 


JUNE 21
Ridgefield, CT, 3;33pm

standing in the Aldrich Museum's sculpture garden between two giant pieces of stainless steel, a sculpture by Edward Tufte. people around were talking and the steel was generating some interesting acoustic effects. not so picked up by the recorder. like the sculpture, i guess you had the be there. Tufte, by the way, is a huge influence on me.

 


JUNE 20
no sound.


JUNE 19
Pound Ridge, NY, 6pm

driving in the car while tapping out rhythms on a hinge to the storage area between the driver and passenger seats.

 


JUNE 18
New York, NY, around 2pm

in-car sounds as i drive to brooklyn for a meeting.

 


JUNE 17
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:40am

more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain. more rain.

 


JUNE 16
Mount Kisco, NY, 1:00pm

after two weeks of solid rain, this sound becomes quite normal.

 


JUNE 15
Suffield, CT, 11am

some random noodling wtih a a very old 3-stringed (used to have 3) instrument made from a shallow, flat, wooden box.

 


JUNE 14
Suffield, CT, 11am

some random noodling wtih a a very old 3-stringed (used to have 3) instrument made from a shallow, flat, wooden box.

 


JUNE 13
Suffield, CT, 1:15pm

sitting on the porch, messing around with an Ukelele.

 


JUNE 12
Suffield, CT, around 9am

an old, rusty metal toy dumptruck being pushed along the stone floor of a 200 year old barn.

 


JUNE 11
Pound Ridge, NY, 4:40pm

a rough recording of a track i'm working on for my solo CD on 12k for 2010.

 


JUNE 10
Pound Ridge, NY, evening

the start of days upon days of rain.

 


JUNE 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 1:26pm

a garbage can, a walk down the driveway, and some birds.

 


JUNE 8
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

a Field Day at the local elementary school, watching my son in some races.

 


JUNE 7
Greenwich, CT, around noon

a group of young students at Chinese language school reciting at a year-end performance.

 


JUNE 6
Tarrytown, NY, around 5:30pm

along the Westchester bike trail. my son throwing pebbles into the lake... and giving me quite the challenge.

 


JUNE 5
Katonah, NY, late morning

atop a small hill in the forest, marveling at the natural reverberations and general peace.

 


JUNE 4
Katonah, NY, early afternoon

a small waterfall (about 5' high) in the Marion Yellow Preserve.

 


JUNE 3
Pound Ridge, NY, 3:30pm

rain falling under a tree, pebbles grinding in the wet earth.

 


JUNE 2
New Canaan, CT, 1pm

in a grassy field trying to record the grasshoppers, which you can hear buzzing as they jump. otherwise, nice natural ambiance.

 


JUNE 1
no sound.