Fazenda Santa Tereza (Brazil) 8:00 am - soundscape notation
Forest of Serra Da Bocaina (Brazil) 8:00 am - soundscape notation
Field recording: Forest of Serra Da Bocaina (Brazil) 8:00 am
Aware of the fact that the way in which we cognitively represent en environment is what we are looking and acting on it I engaged my relationship with Rural.Scapes residence territory performing the character of a scientist of the beginning of 20th century intentioned to discover unprecedented sound and acoustic qualities into nature.
Wind through giant Guada bamboo recorded with piezo microphones
Everyday I treked for long time through the hills around Fazenda Santa Tereza trying to map the points in which grassland was replaced by Atlantic forest areas, because, there, I was sure to find interesting stuff for my research. Actually all territory was full of surprises and some times I never arrived in the shadow green of my destinations because something unexpected get carried me away. For example, placing a piezo microphones inside of a “Formiga Sauva” anthill, met in one of my journey, I was completely raped by the unthinkable alien chatting of these red ants; so I spent the day investigating this phenomenon; comparing it with the sounds of other pecies, trying to understand how use this incredible sound in a music composition or installation. The same happen following flocks of different kind of birds, or handle and touching plants, seeds, insects or stones having, what Norman call “affordances” of an object, some characteristics in their shapes, structures or matter consistency, that suggested to me an hided possibility to discover a real or imaginary sound.
Sapo Cururu (rhinella Icterica) - massaging the stomach this toad start to call
Jacutinga bird calls - the nosiest of the forest
rural.scapes - Brazil 2014 - Improvvisation for Brejauva palm and stick (Astrocaryum aculeatissimum)
The sound was warm and exotic like a marimba with many possibility in timber and pitch variations. I felt in love and this it cost me two days of pain and tingling at my fingers because as every indigenous told me later, that king of plants contains poison and it should be not touched; just the fruit are delicious. But this was great because finding a way to play the spines without using nude hands I could have partly modify the cognitive and cultural perception and notion that human being has all along of this palm so common in life of natives. One of the most ephemeral characteristic of environment is their specific mood: Ittelson call him climate. For me It's similar to what is “timber” for the musical instruments. It's their proper vibration; something difficult to describe and measure but that let to identify them immediately apart from the notes they are playing.
Beja Flor (Humming birds) drone ans whooshes - forest of Serra da Bocaina