There’s stuff here for ambient heads to be enthralled by, the sound of traffic in chinatown NYC (although there’s nothing to really suggest it’s Chinatown, except the sound artist’s title and notes).
A recording of West Broadway on the afternoon of June 1, 2020 in which we hear the sound of cars in the street and the insistent whirr of five helicopters travelling overhead close to Washington Square Park, followed by the percussive clatter of carpenters installing wood barriers to prevent looters from entering their stores at night.
On a less urban note, there’s the music of a mariachi band which is underscored by the ambient sound of the New York train on which they are travelling. New York is in fact Eric S’s stomping ground and what appeals to me personally is these brief soundscapes immerse you in a city that is very much a beacon of cool to those of us who live across the pond.
The most moving and urgent piece here is the short recording of one of the protests for justice and Black Lives Matter which Eric S explains for those who need to know these things, ‘as being ‘Recorded on a Roland R07 with Lom Usi mics in pseudo ORTF pattern.’
It is recordings like this I imagine being discovered several millennia into the future in a post-apocalyptic world and will be used by our descendants to fathom what was real and what was purely a ‘curated’ experience on TV or social media. Real. Relevant.
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