The Relation Between Hiking And Musical Ideas: A Very Opinionated Post
By Adam Naworal
Before Aimee and I got married, we already loved nature and hiking and exploring areas both well-trod and off-the-trails. Once we got married, that never stopped. If anything we have more nature adventures than ever. During these experiences, both of us have absorbed the sounds of nature mingling with the human presence that's never very far from said areas. It's an endless and fascinating source of ideas to both of us. How can we replicate that insect noise? Where can we go for unique field recordings? If we set the recorder on this rock in the water, will it catch what we're doing with our gear on the shore about five feet away? I encourage everyone on here to go outside in nature and listen to the sounds around you. It may inspire you, it may just make you find peace, or it might even disturb you. Regardless, go hike. Bring a recording device if you can. Be inspired. That waterfall or spillway you find may lead to endless inspiration with your music.
Tomokie's Cup recommends the following locations in Florida. Suggestions are most welcome!
-Devil's Millhopper State Park, Gainesville
-O'Leno Springs State Park, High Springs
-Washington Oaks State Park and Gardens, Palm Coast
-Gamble Rogers State Park, Flagler Beach
-Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach (source of the name for Tomokie's Cup)
-Silver Springs State Park, Silver Springs
-Mandarin Park, Jacksonville
-Walter Jones Historical Park, Jacksonville (we can be found here on the first Saturday of every month, volunteering at the Mandarin Museum)
-Castaway Island Preserve, Jacksonville
Fifty years ago (as of June 12th),
English free improvisation forefathers AMM recorded
A monumental and intimidating slab of noise, it wasn't even released until 1981; it's THAT monstrous and weird. It was daunting then, at 88+ minutes spread over two LPs. Now available as an expanded 2 CD set with all the recordings from the session, it's even MORE intimidating at 109+ minutes! So, what does this monster of a recording sound like?
Well, it's FAR more intense than AMMMusic 1966, the groundbreaking album that preceded it.
The quintet of Lou Gare, Christopher Hobbs, Eddie Prévost, Cornelius Cardew, and Keith Rowe used fairly traditional instruments for this. Cello, piano, percussion, electric guitar, saxophone, violin, and....... electronics? That latter element means both pedals and preparations as well as shortwave radios, used both for random snatches of sound and for the static between stations. Listening to The Crypt, though........ who knows WHAT is making which sound? This is a mass of intense and enthralling noise made by masters of their art. It's industrial music before Industrial records. It's the UK equivalent to European/Canadian/US weirdos like The Sperm, Nihilist Spasm Band, and Intersystems. It's several years of musical insurrection both predicted and perfected, as jarringly out of time fifty years later as it must have been when it was recorded. Nothing else is like this, and you'll be hard pressed to find something this eerily prescient. It's not for everyone, but anyone here at Electronic Cottage owes it to themselves to check it out. It's essential.