Making ambient music from the sound of clay bowls [disquiet0284]


The Junto is making ambient recordings based on source audio from the artist Chris Kallmyer. He recorded the music using bells and bowls he constructed from clay sourced on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis.


The goal is to make recordings that can also be played in the San Francisco gallery FraenkelLAB, where Kallmyer’s work is currently on display as part of the exhibit “Listening Is a Luxury.” I’ll be giving a talk there on Friday, June 16, and I’ll have some of the music audible in the background as well as before and after the talk.

Among Kallmyer’s sonic objects made from the St. Louis clay are ceramic bowls. When making a piece of music from the source audio please do the following: (A) use no additional source audio, (B) aim for a sound that is just as gentle as the source audio, (C) consider using stereo effects to reflect the circular shape of the bowls. (Note: I might make an edit of the tracks — a ceramic chime mixtape, as it were — for the event.)


After downloading the original file of the clay bowls, most of the work was in terms of audio processing. I used my chosen audio editor to manipulate the source file, so providing me with some interesting material. Loading up the audio files in Logic Pro and using Kontakt and Reaktor to resample the audio files further, the rest of the time was spent simply layering sounds and building the sound field.

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