I need your help naming something, Dear Reader. But first, let me introduce you to that something. Welcome to 21st Century adventure film making. This is the gear I will take with me on the Sonic Divide:
So that’s a GoPro Hero4, a GoPro Session, and a Zoom H1 audio recorder. I made the case myself out of an old Tupperware and some foam that was lying around the house. I will also use my phone to take some pictures and a little video now and then. It comes in under a pound and isn’t too big: (Dollar bill is for size comparison.)
The package needs a name, though. Something zany, something memorable, something that captures the spirit of the Sonic Divide. When I refer to it I don’t want to call it “the camera box” or “that Tupperware with the gear in it.” I think we can collectively come up with something better than that. Any ideas? Send them to me, Dear Reader!
According to this New York Times article, the Sonic Divide might be good for my brain. That’s good news!
This has been an amazing week. I had a very productive meeting with Dave Philp’s Music and Entertainment class at William Paterson University. They are helping me with the PR and Marketing of Sonic Divide. What a bright and enthusiastic group of young people. I just love being a part of the WP music department.
Then, I received an incredible piece in my inbox from Taylor Ho Bynum. I will do a feature on his music in a few weeks, but his Cross Breath is stunning. So simple, yet so complex, and in every way perfect for Sonic Divide.
Then just today I spent the afternoon with Jerome Kitzke. Here is a sample of his piece:
Again, I will go into much more depth about his work in subsequent blogs. But wow oh wow is that an amazing piece that includes a lovely dance element and a spacial realization. And he did the entire score by hand! Amazing!
I’m not the first person to combine outdoor athletics with experimental music. There have been several others, including a few of the composers involved with Sonic Divide.
So, I’d like to introduce you to the amazing Nat Evans. In 2014 Nat hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (over 2,700 miles) and along the way wrote music and made hundreds of field recordings. He sent many of those recordings to other composers who created music in response to Nat’s epic hike, all of which was coordinated in real time. Nat calls this project the Tortoise and it’s incredibly inspiring. Check out his website and please consider purchasing some of his lovely music.