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

 

OCTOBER 31
Pound Ridge, NY, around 8pm

my son sorting through his Halloween candy take. :)

 


OCTOBER 30
New Canaan, CT, 12:00pm

in a field, taking pictures with my Diana F+ Camera.

 


OCTOBER 29
Pound Ridge, NY,

a cold rain falling. i'm not sure what the low churning sound is in the background. i may have been near the laundry room?

 


OCTOBER 28
Pound Ridge, NY, 5:20pm

my son casually playing the melodica. i thought his technique wasn't bad.

 


OCTOBER 27
Pound Ridge, NY, 2:05pm

a very airy blow into a melodica. my favorite sound from this instrument.

 


OCTOBER 26
no sound.


OCTOBER 25
no sound.


OCTOBER 24
Croton on the Hudson, NY, around 7pm

recorded in very low quality on my iPhone at a halloween pumpkin festival in the rain.

 


OCTOBER 23
Somers, NY, early afternoon

at the beatiful Angle Fly Preserve in Somers. stunning autumn day, stillness, color, sunshine and a stream snaking through the woods.

 


OCTOBER 22
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:54am

a coffee-can rattle my son made in school last year.

 


OCTOBER 21
Pound Ridge, NY, ?

no idea what this sound is. outside, in the leaves…? broken pottery at the beginning? i’ve forgotten!

 


OCTOBER 20
Pound Ridge, NY, 1pm

acorns in my hand.

 


OCTOBER 19
North Salem, NY, around 3pm

the Mt. Lakes park, on a cliffside overlooking the valley.

 


OCTOBER 18
Pound Ridge, NY, 12:42pm

a music box resting on the strings of an old acoustic guitar. the microphone were inside the guitar body.


 


OCTOBER 17
Pound Ridge, NY, around 9am

the 4th and final in the series of Nord Modular randomizations. this was my favorite, and a fitting way to end.

 


OCTOBER 16
Pound Ridge, NY, around 6:45pm

eating dinner at our favorite local mexican restaurant.

 


OCTOBER 15
Pound Ridge, NY, early-mid morning

the first snow of the year, always a great experience. wet and crystalline, hitting leaves next to the house.

 


 

OCTOBER 14
no sound.
thought i had a sound. can't find it.


OCTOBER 13
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:14pm

a recording through the wall of my studio where a drainpipe from the kitchen runs. water draining in the sink upstairs.

 


OCTOBER 12
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:10am

very close-microphoned recording through a large pile of dried leaves in the yard.

 


OCTOBER 11
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

a 2nd variation on the previous nord modular sound, through heavier randomization.

 


OCTOBER 10
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:30am

a randomized variation on the previous nord modular sound.

 


OCTOBER 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:30am

a self-running Nord Modular G2 sound i call "sleeper"

 


OCTOBER 8
New York, NY, 4pm

crossing the street, somewhere in midtown.

 


OCTOBER 7
no sound.


OCTOBER 6
Pound Ridge, NY, 3:20pm

home.

 


OCTOBER 5
Manchester, UK, around 11am

a games arcade in the manchester airport.

 


OCTOBER 4
York, UK, morning

my last full day in York, walking about in a field before heading to the studio.
 


 

OCTOBER 3
York, UK, late morning

a street band in a busy tourist section of york. too energetic to pass up.

 


 

OCTOBER 2
York, UK, some time in the late evening

just a simple gamelan bell instrument.

 


 

OCTOBER 1
York, UK, morning

looping a harmonium. absolutely love the creeking bellows and incidental noises.