G’day, I’m Jason. I’m a musician currently based in Leeton, New South Wales. See http://www.bassling.com
For a bit over a decade I’ve been experimenting with contact microphones. They’re fascinating for revealing the resonances within objects.
In a way they invert your soundscape, as you are hearing the vibrations of the landscape from a point within. A point influenced by the physical properties of the object.
I was introduced to contact mics in 2004 via the work of Dr Alan Lamb, who built a large aeolian harp with my friend Scott Baker where I was living outside of Wagga Wagga.
Aeolian harps have a long history, especially with Romantics. The large scale of Lamb’s wires magnify the landscape and they encourage close listening, as the constantly shifting harmonics respond to wind and temperature and more.
Listening to the wires led me to start sampling the environment and to think of it as an instrument.
In 2012 I celebrated the centenary of Leeton with a project that made music using playgrounds. My comment on the youthful age of the town and to use the idea of finding beauty in human-made landscapes, which I linked to the Futurist Art of Noises manifesto from a century earlier.
More recently I’ve sampled my suburb of Willimbong for an exhibition in London last December.
Thanks for listening, you can hear more at http://www.bassling.com