I was planning on doing this bigger project with the sounds focused on travel (I might still do it). But, for now, I've written a small fixed media piece using the sounds I collected.
I've been listening to a lot of Luc Ferrari lately (any EA people will be able to tell). Partly just because I like his music and partly because he was recently on the Top50Tuesday project. I'm glad I did that by the way. I'm also glad it is over. It served as a musical screensaver for me. I was in transition for the better part of 4 months between graduating, packing, moving, unpacking, repacking, moving across the world, unpacking, trying to figure out the new culture, realizing our apartment isn't of good quality, repacking, about to move again. During that time, there was no way I could focus on writing or anything creative. This was kind of a bad thing because I have two pieces that I am in the middle of at the moment. Now that we are settling, I'm getting back to a place where I can be creative.
This piece was my way of easing back into composition. Early today I played my piano in my office for the first time and wrote down some ideas for Memory Variations B material. After that is done I'm getting back to work and finishing my piece for vibes and electronics. After that, there are some options in front of me with my new faculty members. I've also got friends in the states for whom I want to write. This piece was the first step to being on the "professional" side of composition. Though, to me, it isn't really that important. It won't be in an festivals. It won't get many plays on soundcloud. I wrote it as quickly as you would snap a photo.
But, I like the memories I had in Hope, Idaho. Revisiting them through sound brought back feelings of discovery; of being on the verge. This is a photo (as Luc Ferrari described his activities in Far West News). Maybe it is ok that it was only taken on Instagram and not a $10k camera.