The Swallows Of Chernobyl (Test Recording)


A Companion of Owls



An audio piece consisting of a loop of birdsong passed through a “side-chain” gate triggered by a geiger counter. Whenever the geiger counter triggers the gate a tiny piece of the loop is “ducked” (silenced). Eventually all traces of the birdsong will be erased from the loop.

This piece was inspired by an article in Scientific American where biologists are researching the effects of low-dose radiation on living things by studying common barn swallows within the exclusion zones of both Chernobyl and Fukushima.

For this test recording I made a mock-up of the piece in Pure Data:


geiger-swallow.pd

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Florian Kupfer – rr


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Florian Kupfer, sound artist from Germany, just released his new track ‘rr’.

We liked the free flowing development of the composition and its immersive quality. How the consistency of the rhythmic drive is endlessly increasing this feeling of encapsulating multiple moments at a time. Besides, we also liked the duality between the rooted electronic rhythmic drive and the fluctuating soundscape; how it frees the sounds and exudes a spirit of addictive awareness..

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