Reveil 2021, May 1-2 2021
Reveil tracks the sounds of sunrise from 5AM UTC+1 on the first of May, travelling West on live audio feeds from streamers on the Locus Sonus soundmap. It tunes to the sounds of weather, machines, migrating birds, air traffic - creating a collective soundwork lasting one earth day.
I will be streaming from a Vancouver BC location for the event. There will be many ways for listeners to follow the event. Visit the main organizers site at soundtent.org
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency - Vancouver BC - January 22 - March 5, 2021
A collaboration with artist in-residence Pippa Lattey. My activities focused on installing and maintaining a live audio soundscape from the Blue Cabin itself, streamed to the Locus Sonus Stream Project Map, as well as field and archival recordings of the immediate area and Cates Park, the original location of The Blue Cabin.
The Live Soundscape
An open microphone faces out over the water. Listeners hear the steady din of traffic from Quebec Avenue and the Cambie Bridge, the small ferry boats coming and going from the dock nearby, airplanes and helicoptors flying overhead, and the ongoing construction, as well as the birds and people who come through the area, and of course, rain. A second mic placed inside the cabin occassionally captures the sounds of Lattey's project, Al Neil's Piano.
Vancouver is one of the wettest Canadian cities. The weather at this time of year ranges from moderate temperatures with mostly overcast skies, to heavy rain and sometimes hail. Gulls, crows, and Canada geese are the dominant birds near the Blue Cabin. When the skies clear, the nearby seawall walking/cycling path fills with pedestrians, bikers, dog walkers and so on. Revellers may be heard from across the water on 'beer island.' Being a marine environment, kayakers, dragon boat racers and other small water crafters use False Creek as their playground and may paddle by to say hi. Although the area -judging by outward appearances- is affluent, many people living difficult lives also call this area home.
As with an earlier audio stream from a residential neighbourhood, this stream explores the intersection of place, usage, and acoustic ecology; the daily rhythm of life, the ephemeral nature of live sound, and the passage of time.
A localized environment such as False Creek, where the Blue Cabin is situated, will have a unique auditory signature. Classic literature describes a city soundscape as having keynote sounds, sound signals, and soundmarks (The Vancouver Soundscape 1973). Schafer and his colleagues applied these ideas to the city as a whole. Part of my interest is in how these ideas may be applied to a smaller localized area such as False Creek.
The audio from the Blue Cabin was streamed to the Locus Sonus Stream Project, a worldwide network of open microphones maintained by sound artists, musicians and other interested parties. Other artists are free to employ the streams in their own projects.
Quoting from Locusonus: "Using and/or participating in the stream project implies questioning ‘traditional’ listening and compositional practices where audio content is pre-determined. It raises questions regarding ‘real-time’ and ‘real-space’ as well as continuity and mobility that are reflected overall in the corpus of artistic creations."
During the residency I made several field recordings in the immediate area and near Cates Park, North Vancouver. I made four short works from these recordings, premiered by The Blue Cabin along with Other Sights on May 06 2021 on Currents and Waves internet radio. Descriptions of these works are available at https://projects.evdokimoff.com/thebluecabin
- Project Announcements @thomasevd
- The Blue Cabin
- Other Sights
- Currents and Waves
- Pippa Lattey
- Al Neil
- Press: Vancouver Sun
Live Vancouver Soundscape December 2020 - ongoing
A live ambient soundscape broadcasts from a residential neighbourhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. The soundscape is streamed through the Locus Sonus Stream Project Listeners may hear passing traffic, sirens, people, construction, rain; gulls and crows in the distance, chickadees and sparrows enjoying the nearby trees. A lucky listener may also catch the refrains of "Opera Man," a local character in the neighbourhood.
The broadcast is available on an ad hoc schedule. In addition to the open mic, pre-recorded or live mixes may be broadcast
The project explores the intersection of place, usage, and acoustic ecology; the daily rhythm of life, the ephemeral nature of live sound, and the passage of time.
- The stream is active when the audio player appears at the top of this page and reads Live Audio Stream
- Look for Vancouver on Locusonus Sound Map when active
Keynote Sounds - those that define the background sound profile of the neighbourhood
- Traffic - the daily cycle of the din of traffic begins around 6:00 am PDT and abates around 11:00pm. Discrete vehicles can be heard throughout the night. Traffic, as in most cities, is an almost constant part of this neighbourhood's sound profile.
- Rain - Vancouver is in a temperate rain forest. The sound of rain during the fall through mid winter, and spring can last days at a time. It ranges in intensity from a gentle drizzle to severe storms. The sound of rain is reflected off of buildings and the pavement. The water on the roads amplifies the sound of traffic.
Sound Signals and Soundmarks
- Sirens - situated near a fire hall and three major traffic arteries one hears lots of sirens.
- Sounds of fire fighters testing gear and radio communication from the fire hall
- Vehicle horns, alarms, truck back-up signals and related traffic sounds. On a weekend evening one can often hear expensive racing cars and motorbikes as well
- Ocassional fireworks
- Helicoptors and airplanes.
- Construction - a major construction project is underway nearby
- Sounds of people, voices of children, street people, pets as they pass by
- Protest/political marches along Granville
- Bicycles - the neighbourhood is on a major bike route, a favoured form of transportation by many Vancouverites.
- Song birds - the several small trees and hedges found in front of the buildings host many small song birds - each of the different species following their own morning routine
- Gulls - the morning chorus is defined by gulls near False Creek, and the rise in traffic.
- Foghorns when the weather calls for it
Al Neil’s Piano - September 2020
A short audio documentary and composition featuring Pippa Lattey. Al Neil's piano was transported from the Blue Cabin's orginal location to Vancouver artist Pippa Lattey's studio. There she transformed it into a kinetic sculpture
Radio 3 - 2020
Radio-3 is from a series of short sketches made early in 2020 that explore granular synthesis techniques. The audio source is a recording of a shortwave radio broadcast on the 20 meter band, around 14.04 MHz, a frequency used by amateur radio operators who communicate with morse code.
Vimy Ridge 100 (2017) - Installation at the Parking Space Gallery, Vancouver BC
An electronic installation coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. An arduino plays a morse code message listing the burial places in France of Canadian Soldiers who lost their lives during WW1.
Information on the battle and its significance: Vimy Ridge Foundation
DTES Small Arts Grants:Vending Machine Gallery Promotional Video (2017)
Incidental music for a promotional video. Link