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I like a challenge but this has been one of the hardest challenges to date.

I mostly create sound pictures based on one field recording as the only sound source and this often results in some surprising changes to the sound but often throws up many technical difficulties too.

For this challenge – Water of Life, I listened very carefully to the field recording as usual (radhaus.box.com/v/wateroflife) and began by experimenting with sections of the sound file, using the minimal lo-fi, low tech processes. What emerged was what I imagined to be Howler monkeys or a group of monkeys, in a tree top. Since much of the sound file was deeply embedded with many layered sounds, it was difficult to separate them fully and so Howlers became a sound picture of a noisy tropical rainforest with a loud insect backdrop, strange jungle noises, rain falling on a tin roof and into metal pots and pans, an irritating mosquito, a jaguar roaring and a small group of monkeys singing to each other at dusk.

I have been experimenting more with sound and I use a range of field recordings, found sounds and hardware with minimal processing as I’ve always been interested in how sound can morph into beautiful complex patterns. It’s the ‘small sounds’, anomalies, mistakes and the sounds ‘between’ that catch my ear. Many of the pieces I create are based on images and things I see, which act as a type of graphic score and are best listened to via headphones. I also create artwork to accompany the tracks.

Odette Johnson
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from By the Waters of Babble​-​On, released October 6, 2018


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