Listening to, recording & making music with the sounds around you.

What A Way To Make A Living

I stand in a large plaza in central Bogotá listening to the distinct soundscape, and contemplating selling ice cream, puppeteering, renting llamas and field recording as various means of making a living.

At the beginning, a strange man approaches me, whom I ignore as I've just hit record. He tells me he's a historian, asks me if I speak Spanish, and say's he's hungry in English. Listening back now retrospectively I feel pretty ashamed. I wish I'd talked to him.

'Sound Diaries' is an ongoing project in collaboration with Isobel Anderson. It documents sounds and thoughts through field recordings and spoken word, highlighting the presence of the field recorder through their voice, opening up the dialogue between listener, recorder and place.

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