The third in a series of reimagined field recordings of memory and place processed using "Sonic Photography" techniques. In March 2018 I was an artist in Residency at PECAH - BHOR. The “Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas” is an opportunity to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional art forms of the Himalayas in Uttarkhand, India. PECAH is dedicated to spreading the radical flavor of Uttarakhand’s art forms. Artists will come to know the vast cultural palate of this region and local people will also benefit from this exchange, for “art and artisan have no boundaries”. Interaction and collaboration with local artists and the inspirational aura is the major priority of PECAH".
During my residency, I spent time listening, sharing, recording and exploring towns, villages, rivers, forests, mountains, ashrams and temples. The sounds of India can be overwhelming and constant. Often at 6 am I would be awoken by songs and Hindu Chants playing from loudspeakers. I was amazed by the wealth of beautiful music one could hear walking through the streets coming from homes, temples and public spaces. In any town car horns were constant. The audible din of people, cows, cars, music, machinery, life and energy pervaded the air like incense.
Also being in such an ancient and spiritual land there are many deep moments of introspection and reflection among the chaos. This album contains many moments of stillness and calm punctuated by the vibrant soundscapes of North India.