Sound and Video

Sound + Video

Audio Reflection:

This has been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done from a creative perspective. I procrastinated as long as I could out of fear. It’s almost like public speaking in that way, because the entire thing was using my own “content”. What if people wouldn’t like it? What if I sound dumb? What if this seems like a scam? What if people can see through me and I don’t know anything about meditation, really? I’m not certified to do this, why am I doing it? Blah blah blah. On my inner ego mind went. But something in me also said GO FOR IT!

Well, in any case I finally got it done and recorded and up there. And then, an entire class listened to me and said it’s very ASMR. I’ve been wanting to put together a meditation podcast for quite some time, so for me this has been a huge leap in the first step to getting this set up. I think the first step was for me to really get over myself. So here we go, in the thick of it and I’d like to continue doing audio recordings and get the show on the road! Thank you for this experience to force myself out there :)

Sound + Video

John Luther Adams Soundwalk — Met Museum
https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/soundwalk

“Commissioned by MetLiveArts to celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, Soundwalk 9:09 takes its title from the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer: nine minutes and nine seconds. The composition, in two parts "Uptown" and "Downtown," are now available via a free download to your device, and through the WQXR app. Listen to these powerful new works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams who, in his first New York City composition, has ingeniously turned an eight-block stretch of city grid into a polyphonic, antiphonic, and personal music adventure.”


Thoughts on Uptown
I’ve always been curious about the differences between what it’s like in uptown versus downtown manhattan. But something I found even more interested was composer Adams’ take on the different elements of the two. Uptown has a distinct sound. It starts off with the sound of nature: bugs chirping, and then a melody of relaxation following. How can NYC sound so … relaxing? There’s something very church-like in these sounds. The vibrations of the melody dance between my ears, it’s something to sit back and listen to. This is a very abstracted NYC indeed. It sounds warm, large, contemplative, lost, a sound without a beat. A curiosity.

Later in the piece I heard a forest. It’s amazing what the world might sound like when we abstract it. NYC if heard in this way can be a truly relaxing place. Not one where we are rushing back and forth. I hear metal, I am not sure where I am. I feel truly lost. I feel like this is the kind of soundtrack I’d listen to as an accompaniment to something at a museum: the sound fills a space, it truly feels environmental.

Thoughts on Downtown

Downtown sounds darker. Throws me into air more easily. A lot more jungle sounding, more trees. I didn’t think I realized what the sound of trees ever sounded like until now, where I can actually hear the animals living up inside of them. It sounds like much more is going on and is far, far away. I feel like I’m again being transported to a place that isn’t here. A place that isn’t there. But a place perhaps within a vacuum, a sound that’s been manufactured within some kind of tunnel. I’m certainly not feeling crisp, not feeling like I’m actively listening. Rather, the vibration just takes me to a place right before I fall asleep. In meditation, this type of sound takes me to a place of transcendence.

I hear the sound of an ambulance. I feel fearful, like a lost animal on the street. Is this hell? Could I be gone, forever?