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The Eye of the Microphone

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Recorded and Mixed in London 2012 – 2013

++ To stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++

In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city.
I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound – walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns – the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it’s a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.

Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world.

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released November 19, 2013

Extended Digipak – 3 tracks – 43:19
Mastered By Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft

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St. Paul’s as seen from the London Eye. Cranes rebuilding the City – a highchair for birdsong…

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BJNilsen Amsterdam, Netherlands

BJ Nilsen Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His latest album is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch, 2013] - a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. ... more

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