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

 

NOVEMBER 30
no sound.

had to go to an unexpected funeral today.


NOVEMBER 29
White Plains, NY, 7:39pm

in an airplane, landing at white plains airport. almost home.

 


NOVEMBER 28
Scottsdale, AZ, around 9pm

i set the recorder into a large neon-lit "E" on the outside of a hotel wall. the buzz is from the light.

 


NOVEMBER 27
Sedona, AZ, around 11am

at my sister's house listening to windchimes from a nearby neighbor.

 


NOVEMBER 26
Scottsdale, AZ, evening

my uncle and i playing a large steel bell sculpture at my father's cousin's house during a small family holiday reunion. the bell was thick and made of rusted steel. it had an incredible tone.

 


NOVEMBER 25
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:45am

the sound of a work crew taking a tree down outside our house. recorded through the window. it was loud.

 


NOVEMBER 24
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:35am

the tines of a metal rake.

 


NOVEMBER 23
Pound Ridge, NY, 7:35pm

rubbing and scrapingn two small stones together.

 


NOVEMBER 22
Pound Ridge, NY, 8pm

a very silent night outside…. turned up about 30db through noisy preamps.

 


NOVEMBER 21
Suffield, CT, 11pm

a music box in the closet of my parents’ house.

 


NOVEMBER 20
no sound.


NOVEMBER 19
Brooklyn, NY, around 9pm

Sawako playing live @ Monkeytown, Brooklyn. recorded in mono at 11khz on my iPhone. thanks to sawako for letting me use her sound today.

 


NOVEMBER 18
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:55am

the sounds of scraping together Polaroid pictures.

 


NOVEMBER 17
Pound Ridge, NY, 10am

back to the guitar, still sitting on the floor plugged into the looper.

 


NOVEMBER 16
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:10am

an aged acoustic guitar loop. no founds sounds today, creating melodies.

 


NOVEMBER 15
Stamford, CT, around 4pm

the soft hum of insects in the woods on a nature walk in Stamford.

 


NOVEMBER 14
Croton On Hudson, NY, around 3:30pm

a 12k drum circle jam. taylor deupree, corey fuller, kenneth kirschner, and sawako beating on a large plastic trash bin found at croton point park during a fruitful day of filming by the waterside.

 


NOVEMBER 13
no sound. too much filming


NOVEMBER 12
Brooklyn, NY, afternoo

in DUMBO, beneath the manhattan bridge. cold and windy, distant subway overhead.

 


NOVEMBER 11
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

recording and filming in Ward Pound Ridge. poking around with the microphone as the camera rolled on a hill of tall, rolling grass.

 


NOVEMBER 10
Pound Ridge, NY, around 3pm

walking in the woods recording and filming with Corey Fuller for the 12k short film project. this sound isn't terribly interesting, but we were more concerned with the filming.

 


NOVEMBER 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 7:30pm

an almost unseasonably warm night. even outside it sounds a bit like summer.

 


NOVEMBER 8
Rockville, MD, around 9am

the ambience of an over-chlorinated indoor hotel swimming pool.

 


NOVEMBER 7
Rockville, MD, night

the amazing hum given off together by an ice machine and a soda vending machine on the 11th floor of our hotel.

 


NOVEMBER 6
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:38pm

waiting for the computer to boot, playing a water glass in front of me.

 


NOVEMBER 5
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

a perfect fall day outside. a bit interrupted at the end by a construction vehicle.

 


NOVEMBER 4
Pound Ridge, NY, mid-mornin

a large flock of birds partying in the trees behind our house.

 


 

NOVEMBER 3
Pound Ridge, NY, afternoon

nice, crunchy and warm AM Radio ambiance.

 


 

NOVEMBER 2
Pound Ridge, NY, 10am

turning on and off my tape echo. power on, then the tape spins around for a bit and then stops. try again. i think it may be broken.

 


 

NOVEMBER 1
New Canaan, CT, around 10am

a really nice insect sound i hadn't heard in this field before. a bit different than the usual cricket-type of sound. really nice.