Winter Field Recording Masterclass

The first week of July 2019, I spent in the Victorian Alps for a masterclass on field recording. This setting was specifically chosen as the conditions above the snowline mirror those of the polar regions. The masterclass was held by the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, and led by Philip Samartzis and Douglas Quinn. Both Phil and Doug have spent time in Antarctica field recording and creating art from the sounds.

Five full days of field recording and learning about field recording. I managed to accumulate a fair amount of material and released three albums of the soundscapes of the Bogong High Plains.

On one of the days I was out with a kalimba. I improvised to the environmental sounds of the YMCA Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre, that provided us accomodation. These recordings were made using two ZOOM H6 Handy Recorders and a contact microphone.

https://channingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/winter-kalimba

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Other days I was just recording the environments of a few places around the area. Including the Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre, we also travelled to the McKay Creek Hydroelectric Power Station, and up to the Rocky Valley Dam around Falls Creek. These recordings also used the Zoom H6 recorders but also a JrF hydrophone, a shotgun microphone, and a Priezor VLF antenna.

Snow Line is the recordings from the environment above the official snowline on the alps.

https://channingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/snow-line

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Meltwater Valley is recordings from up around the Rocky Valley Dam, where there was a fair amount of snow everywhere. The sun was out most of the time during the week so the snow was starting to melt.

https://channingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/meltwater-valley

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remixes

tilde~ releases an entire album of remixed tracks, with the tilde~ flavour.

 

 

Cycles In Time & Falling To Earth: tracks by Cycle~ 440
AWOOITCOA (A Work Of Overproduction In The Culture Of Art): album by contingence
Fratres: composed by Arvo Pärt, performed by Hungarian State Orchestra
pianos: samples by Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Christian Fennesz, Cycle~ 440, Tim Hecker
minimal: samples by Alva Noto, Alva Noto & Opiate, Cyclo, Diamond Version, Byetone
IN/EX: album by Dan O’Conner

pianos, minimal, IN/EX: recorded live at Noizemaschin!! in the Perth Artifactory

Field Recording series

October marks the start of a few new things in my life, one of which is the first release of what will be a series of straight field recording albums.

These will be a catalogue of my field trips, capturing and collecting sounds of various environments.

 

 

Field trip on 30/09/2018 to Lane Poole Reserve and Nanga. Some sounds captured along the Xanthorrhoea Trail, on Bindjareb land.

 

– R

New Album: sfrecord~

I have recorded a few of the pieces I have been working on lately and included them in an album.

sfrecord~

If you are familiar with Max/MSP, then you would know that the object known as sfrecord~ will record the audio input to a file on the hard drive. It is a simple way of retrieving the output of a patch. I have used this method to capture the sound from a few patches.

I intend to continue to use the concept of sfrecord~ for albums, as they demonstrate some of what I have been working on.

– Rhys Channing

CASM Exhibition: The Projection Project

I have been commissioned to create an audio/visual installation piece for a projectioneering exhibition at a Mandurah art gallery.

 

The Projection Project: Otherworlds
Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah – 63 Ormsby Tce, Mandurah

Video Art Exhibition featuring new audio visual works by Rhys Channing, Leon Ewing, Tomas Ford & Eleesha Ford, Nicholas Gardiner, Lee Kennedy and Jake Steele.

Opening Night: Friday 16th March – 6pm
Exhibition: Saturday 17th March – 8th April (Weds – Sundays, 10am – 4pm)
Artist Talk: Thursday 5th April – 5pm

Video art is a truly contemporary art form, which is growing in
popularity, diversity and complexity. A collective of artists showcase
video art pieces in Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah’s inaugural
video art exhibition, responding to the theme of “Otherworlds”.

 

More details on the Facebook event page.

My piece will be uploaded at the conclusion of the exhibit.

– Rhys Channing

Pärt Remixed

I built a patch to remix some orchestral music into more of an ambient style. In doing so it turned out as dynamic and complex as orchestral music.

I took six arrangements of Fratres by Arvo Pärt and played them simultaneously into some time stretching processing, and reverb and delays.

 

I plan on doing more remixes of orchestral or more traditional instrumented music. Also plan on rearranging a piece for kalimba.

 

– Rhys Channing