this is ¶radio hummingbird’s contribution to this week’s disquiet junto with the serial number 0441. in short, the requirement for this contribution was to create a piece of music from three stones collected for this specific reason.
i am lucky enough to currently live in a city laying alongside a majestic river. this extremely busy waterway is generally referred to as the river rhine. coincidentally, the city of bern can be reached from here by traveling along this course and up one of its major tributaries called “aare”.
conversely, it is therefore entirely possible that one of the stones collected by me on the local riverbank for this occasion has traveled its way downstream from the alpine mountain ranges of switzerland. past the city of bern. through germany and france until it reached the city of cologne just to be further flushed forward on its long journey to the sea. along its way it will have been ground smooth. broken apart multiple times. crushed and crumbled. and one day, after centuries of struggling, it will have reached its final destination. laying dormant on the bottom of the ocean it will one day, far in the future, be one little particle of gigantic beds of rock formed anew from what would have been mountain ranges in the past. the cycle is complete and new pieces of stone will start traveling down newly formed river beds to be crushed and ground to small pieces of sand to eventually form a new type of rock again far in the future…
this sound collage is supposed to capture the endless journey of rock on top of this planet. i used three stones collected and recorded me handling them through several looping devices onto cassette tapes. this created beautiful feedback layers which added richness to the sound. whilst playing back these tape loops, i also played back two field recordings i captured on the location i collected the stones from. furthermore i created new loops with the stones using two ditto loopers together with an additional delay pedal whilst arranging all playing tapes alongside. the result is what you can hear in this track.
a daw or computers were only used for a little mastering in ableton live. easy.
please enjoy and listen loud.