Friday, May 27, 2005

Stream of Consciousness (audio)

What is it saying?
What is it praying?
(1.02 minute clip of longer dictaphone recording I did of the water in Lopinot River)
- Happy Hippy -


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When listening I focused more on the wind in the background. The stronger the wind became the more obvious the flow of the river was and when the wind soften so did the flow of the river.

Do you recall where exactly you placed the dictaphone in the river? It sounds like the water is flowing over rocks or maybe over a small incline on to rocks?
Have you tried comparing the sound of the Lopinot River with other rivers in your country? maybe they tell a story...maybe they share the same sounds/songs? What journey have they taken?

What is it that you heard when you listened to this piece Happy Hippy?

question the moment!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I placed the dictaphone on the bank of the river. Yes you are hearing the water flowing over a small incline in its bed. The bed is full of small pebbles. That recording is part of a series of about seven water recordings I did at that time: 1. that river, 2. a spring, 3. a waterfall, 4. the area where the river meets the sea, 5. the sea crashing against rocks, 6. me playing the flute as I sit on the rocks with the waves crashing against them and 7. the sound of the pebbles on the shore scrambling in the surf as the sea pulls at them. Each body of water had its own sound/personality, but the effect of all was a cleansing one. I made a CD of it ... and yes, I suppose there is a story and the sense of a journey - both inner and outer environments.

In terms of what I 'heard' in the River Prayer ... not so much heard as felt: cleansing and transformation.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juste penser que les esprits comment artistiques travaillent. ... Je ne vois pas ou entends le prie comme vous avez meantion.

Pourquoi vous le décrivez comme un prie ?

A Quest of Timeless Movements...

question the moment!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

All prayers don't have words. And all prayers do not come from humans. I think Nature in itself is a prayer - sacred, pure, a connection with the Infinite. Perhaps rather than being a a prayer "to God", Nature is a prayer from God.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Actually ... I now remember, when recording that particular part of the River, I also put the dictaphone on a rock in the water, just before the small incline.

9:14 AM  

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