A lot of the recordings I’ve posted so far were made either for my audio journal or as a way of exercising my creative impulses. This next is a recording made exclusively for the sonic moment it captures.
I was first inspired to post these recordings by a website called Audible Frequency. Created by a young Chicago sound archivist named Alicia Frantz, Audible Frequency featured recordings of unusual ambient sounds: the hum of cars driving on a particular overpass or the mysterious clanking at a building site produced by some unseen machine. Frantz was by no means the first person to do this sort of thing, but I admired her ability to capture everyday sounds and to recognize them as being beautiful and interesting in their own right.
Sadly, Frantz was killed in a biking accident in the summer of 2005. I don’t have her ear, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity when it presented itself.
(Originally posted on Audiowaves on December 30, 2009)