I can’t believe its been more than 2 months since my last posting. I hope to make up for it by posting much more in the next few weeks.

I’m about to head off to Europe, which was the impetus for starting the blog in the first place almost 3 years ago. An early entry showed my pile of travel things laid out ready for packing. I’m going to have to stand further away for the matching image this time as I have LOTS more gear in tow.

I’m off to Iceland on Friday for a four week long residency at Baer – about 4 hrs drive north of Reykjavik.

I’m trying not too predetermine what I’ll do there but its a very isolated spot and it will be hard for me to get specialist supplies there. How to prepare for such an experience without schlepping tons of stuff with me?

To resolve this dilemma I’ve formulated some rules for myself!

1. Source only local materials and tools for all the work created.

2. Bring only recording and processing devices from home – cameras, sound recording devices, paper, pencils, laptop, etc.

3. Distill specific local experiences, culture, biology and/or  geophysiology in the work.

4. Be aware of the passage of time.

I’m wondering if that’s sufficient constraint?

My thought at the moment – just a starting point really – is to create several devices which respond to the local physical geography and diurnal changes by making sounds. Not music – as in preordained or culturally constrained melodic sounds. Just sounds. Perhaps of a particular sensory quality for me. I’ll record that sound in situ and then re-present the sound with the device in some way – seeking a resonance, physical or otherwise, between the device and the sounds it produced in situ. And I’ll keep within my constraints!

I’ll show you my gear for recording in a subsequent post. Its been quite a challenge sorting through all the possible technical recording solutions to find strategies which are relatively affordable, robust, versatile, and easy to handle for a newbie in the field. Stay tuned!