Belgradiophonics

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Trespassing on the railway in the name of sound art. Photos courtesy of Milica Nikolić

You join me in Zurich airport as I await my flight to London. I’m homeward-bound home armed with several new Learning English records (a personal weakness), an oil painting of slightly dubious vintage planned for my kitchen (which, amazingly, is the first thing I’ve ever unwittingly smuggled through customs) and a hardrive full of new and curious sounds and images. I’ll be writing more  in the coming days (internet access here is limited, so I probably should have left out all of the above) but I just wanted to share with you the first fruits of my sound portrait of the Savamala area of Belgrade, produced in the flooded basement of the ruined ‘Spanish House’, balancing precariously on snowy concrete steps in an attempt to extract some Savamalian ghosts. All will be explained in due course, but for now I wish merely to say a huge thanks to all of the incredibly talented and passionate new friends I’ve made over the course of the week, and to urge you to visit the Camenzind Belgrade website to find out more about this amazing project. In the meantime, I’m going to start sifting through my folder marked ‘ship’s graveyard’ to see if I can find some audio treasure. And at a cost of roughly £4.70, this pot of Earl grey had better be the greatest ever brewed…

PS Would  you believe me if I told you that the acoustics on this recording are entirely natural and that no artificial echo or reverb was used in it’s creation? I almost didn’t believe it myself! Working with sound never fails to surprise me, even now…

Steps leading to the flooded basement of the Spanish House. Looks even better when it's snowing...

Steps leading to the flooded basement of the Spanish House. Looks even better when it’s snowing…

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