RAIN24021017BCN: Field recording, Barcelona

Rain, Barcelona.

I love rain, I’m sure that you all know that by now. I made this field recording last week from my window while I was working.

The sound of the rain is always beautiful. In this case, it’s interrupted by cars from time to time and you can also hear some construction workers that are restoring a nearby building. I recorded the sound using a Zoom H2n, without external microphones.

About my recordings of rain

I started recording the rain a long time ago, I think that it was in 2009, but I’m not sure. I have an archive of field recordings, most of them from Barcelona, where I live. You can find a lot of these recordings at Archive.

I started recording the rain using a Mini Disc, now I use a portable digital recorder, sometimes with binaural microphones. I like to walk under the rain, so some of the recordings are soundwalks.

I’ve also created some audio mixes for radio and magazines: Framework Radio #503: 2015.03.15 and #562: 2016.07.24, and Siete pronósticos de lluvia, focused on films.

I also have my rainography blog: images, texts, sounds, videos, paintings, and all kind of things related to rain.

Why I love rain

I live in Barcelona, which is not a rainy place, but I was born in Ferrol and I grew up in A Coruña, two cities in north-west Spain, on the Atlantic coast, where it rains a lot. Really, a lot, like 130 days per year. Maybe I just miss that weather, I don’t know.

Some people think that Spain is all the same, all sunny and hot, but that’s not true. Barcelona is a perfect example of that typical Spanish idea, sunny and hot, specially in summer, most people love it, but not me. Sometimes Barcelona is too hot and it’s uncomfortable.

In any case, in Barcelona there’re sometimes really huge storms, and I love that!

Noise is a direct call to action

“‘Le bruit,’ noise with imitative effects, was introduced into art (in this con­nection we can hardly speak of individual arts, music or literature) by Marinetti, who used a chorus of typewriters, kettledrums, rattles and pot-covers to suggest the ‘awakening of the capital’; at first it was intended as nothing more than a rather violent reminder of the colorfulness of life.

(…)

Every movement naturally produces noise. While number, and consequently melody, are symbols presupposing a faculty for ab­straction, noise is a direct call to action. Music of whatever nature is harmonious, artistic, an activity of reason—but bruitism is life itself, it cannot be judged like a book, but rather it is a part of our personality, which attacks us, pursues us and tears us to pieces. Bruitism is a view of life, which, strange as it may seem at first, compels men to make an ultimate decision. There are only bruitists, and others. While we are speaking of music, Wagner had shown all the hypocrisy inherent in a pathetic faculty for abstraction—the screeching of a brake, on the other hand, could at least give you a toothache.

(…)

Bruitism is a kind of return to nature. It is the music produced by circuits of atoms; death ceases to be an escape of the soul from earthly misery and becomes a vomiting, screaming and choking. The Dadaists of the Cabaret Voltaire took over Bruitism without suspecting its philosophy—basically they desired the opposite: calming of the soul, an endless lullaby, art, abstract art. The Dadaists of the Cabaret Voltaire actually had no idea what they wanted.

(…)

Simultaneity is a direct reminder of life, and very closely bound up with bruitism. Just as physics distinguishes between tones (which can be expressed in mathematical formulae) and noises, which are completely baffling to its symbolism and ab­stractionism, because they are a direct objectivization of dark vital force, here the distinction is between a succession and a ‘simultaneity,’ which defies formulation because it is a direct symbol of action.”

En Avant Dada: A History of Dadaism (1920), Richard Huelsenbeck.

framework:seasonal ::: issue #8, now available!

framework

There’s a new framework:seasonal series with one of my rain recordings.

“The framework:seasonal series of fund-raising audio releases continues with issue #8, another superb compilation of previously unreleased sounds by artists working in the field recording community. this selection features new names as well as several you’ve certainly heard before, all of whom are new to framework editions‘ release series. blanca rego, christopher delauranti, christina kubisch, stephanie spray, darius ciuta, cathy lane, julia hanadi al abed & lou mah al abed ratier, martin kay, magali babin and rodolphe alexis.”

More information at framework radio

Framework Radio #503: 2015.03.15 [blanca rego]

Today Framework Radio has published #503: 2015.03.15 [blanca rego], which is my third rain remix—the first one is unpublished, the second one was made for Détour.

In this case, all sound recordings are from Galicia (mainly A Coruña) and Catalunya (mainly Barcelona), the two places were I’ve lived during long periods of time—in fact, the podcast starts with a recording made at my childhood/teenage bedroom and ends with a recording made at one of my last places at Barcelona, the only flat where I’ve lived alone.

You can listen to the podcast and find more information about it at Framework Radio.

Thanks to:
Patrick McGinley | Iago González | Chiu Longina | Marco Maril | Carlos Suárez | Justin Bennett | Philippe Faujas | Pedro Montesinos | Pablo Sanz | Mikel R. Nieto

VA – Be Angry not Afraid

A compilation by HAZE netlabel in which I’ve participated with a track entitled “Classify me, Patronize me, Categorize me, Reduce me to One Dimension”.

Compilation curator: Anna Rodina. Compilation coordinator: Dzmitry Ladzes. In cooperation with Gender Route.

Hamburg Sounds

This is a personal remix for the project Hamburg Sounds by Cities and Memory. The remix is based on this field recording: