2020’s spring will be a quiet one. Probably one of the quietest in recent (living?) memory. I have a 99 year-old relation. She’s seen most of the 20th century and doesn’t remember a time quite like this. The peace offers a great opportunity to make some observational field recordings as the season gets into full swing, the light extends and everything comes back to life again. Maybe the UK’s cities are in the most hifi state they can be right now with industrial and mechanised activity reduced and hustle and bustle banned for 3 weeks (at least)1.
If you can, open your window and listen. Set something up to record the sounds periodically. A max patch might do it, much like the one linked below.
Anyway that diversion aside, I was very grateful to the Berlin Philharmonic for making their virtual concert hall available this month. Late last night, I listened to their concert of 20 March which was performed to an empty hall. The last seconds of Bartok’s concerto for orchestra moved me. The dying reverb and the lack of applause after such a sound really shook me. Have a listen to this:
Schafer, R. M. (1977). The tuning of the world. Knopf.