The Paseo Recordings began with field recordings of Before (Taos) being played in an alley off the Taos, NM Historic Plaza during The Paseo Project. The Paseo Project is a street art festival in -- you guessed it -- Taos, NM. Before (Taos) is a sound installation. See the Past Work section of this page (below) for more on the installation.
The Paseo Recordings picks up where Before (Taos) left off. Both projects seek to establish a strong sense of place, both utilize field recordings in and around Taos, NM. Where Before (Taos) focuses on recordings of natural sounds, The Paseo Recordings place human activity in the foreground. Where Before (Taos) focuses on simplicity, The Paseo Recordings are rich and complex. The music for The Paseo Recordings is complete and the graphic design is almost complete. The packaging is still being designed. I'm currently thinking this will be a USB release. It will come with photography cards, the 2 hours of audio comprising Before (Taos). With luck, more information will have solidified before 2017 presses its greasy lips to the horizon.
I'm particularly excited about the Alabama Field series. It will be my endeavors to document the resonating qualities of Alabama and surrounding areas through field recording and photography of focused subjects. This project will be about as close to pure phonography as I currently have an interest in pursuing in a single collection. These recordings are used with all the imperfections, clips, bumps, and accidental flourishes left in tact. The means of recording and at times the recordist are as much at center stage as the recorded subject. The focus is more based in the experience of the subject audio and the recording event than a keepsake portrait. Even some of the minicassette recordings I was making over a decade ago have been dug out and digitally transferred for consideration.
The first release in the series will be a little more broad in focus than the later releases. So far it is the product of my excitement to be back home among the sounds, smells, and colors of Alabama -- where I spent the first 25 years of my life. The following releases in the series will be selections of concise subject matter such as water, room sounds, or insects. For now, here is an excerpt from "Porch and Pasture," which will be on Part 01.
The Lighthouse has recently taken its first steps with a 10 day trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Its focus and purpose will likely evolve a few times before completion. Currently the focus is broad. It includes the documentation of lighthouses as an outdated architectural form, as a cliché, and a vessel for ideals. The documentation is through phonography, field recording based composition, photography, and fictional memoir. The final product is ambitious and will take time to develop and produce. It will also most likely take years to complete. It may never be complete, but I will occasionally release slivers of documentation here. For starters, this is a recording near the Bodie Light in Nag's Head, NC.
Of Silence was a joint production from Alrealon Musique, Blondena Music, and Silent Media. It is a limited edition of 500 handmade card stock cases and CDs.
The Paramaount goal of this project was to investigate the role of silence within the work of each artist: Pas Musique, Shaun Sandor, and myself. All three began with their own concepts of silence. Each artist composed an audio piece based on their concept and then passed the completed works on to the next artist in a predetermined rotation -- Pas to Ben, Ben to Shaun, and Shaun to Pas. The following composer then worked on the previous artist's composition with regard to their own concept of silence. This revolution took place twice, resulting in nine full compositions.
Before (Taos) is a two hour sound installation commissioned for the 2014 street art festival The Paseo in Taos New Mexico. The installation was composed of field recordings made in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The project began as an imagining of Taos before it was inhabited by people and how the natural conditions influenced the people and the architecture of the current culture. Recordings of the installation and the festival will be the sound sources for the upcoming release The Paseo Recordings (see the current work section of this site).
The Nuances of Wedlock is composed of audio studies conducted for "The Marriage Proposal." "The Marriage Proposal" is a poem by Joel Fry and a respective audio piece by me included as one fifth of another artefact called VISITATIONS.
The audio for The Nuances of Wedlock and "The Marriage Proposal" are bowed before, gestured toward, and delivered from recordings of Joel reciting, and Emily Troedson singing the poem.
The Nuances of Wedlock is a hand numbered, handmade edition of 50 card stock prints with hemp thread tied to a ringlet fastener, and a cdr.
Visitations, a collaboration with the poet Joel Fry, was the second release on Silent Media. The project is a study of ideas and how those ideas break down when distilled into words or sound. Each respective piece of Visitations began differently. For “The Marriage Proposal” the poetry came first and the music was composed based on the ideas represented in the poem. For “The Farm Before Dawn” that method was reversed. Though, in other cases, Joel and Ben’s creative processes were not that direct. Instead, there was an extensive back and forth between the artists to represent an idea in whole through both mediums. For “A Star on The Sea” Joel and Ben began with only a title, working independently at first, and then bringing their works in progress to each other for final touches. Both “Prayer” and “Old Age on Sanders Street” where created less methodically, but with equal focus on the other medium. Though the works on Visitations are the result of two artists working independently within their own means of expression, a broader consciousness was imposed on Ben and Joel’s processes in the sense that they were never alone, never permitted to create in a vacuum, never without a definable sense of an other in both human and creative forms.
ABOUT ALABAMA FIELD
ABOUT ALABAMA FIELD
MY NAME IS BEN LINK COLLINS AND ALABAMA FIELD IS THE HOME FOR MY WORK AND COLLABORATIONS. SO FAR THAT WORK HAS CONSISTED OF SOUND ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, GRAPHIC DESIGN, AND ARCHITECTURE. I GRAVITATE TOWARD ARTIFACT BASED INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS. FROM 2012 TO 2015 I WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND SILENT MEDIA, AN INTERDISCIPLINARY, ARTIFACT BASED RECORD LABEL THAT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE. YOU CAN STILL FIND ALL OF THE SILENT MEDIA RELEASES ON THE SILENT MEDIA BANDCAMP PAGE.
benlinkcollins (at) silentmediaprojects (dot) com