noun biv·ouac \ˈbi-və-ˌwak, ˈbiv-ˌwak\
- 1 : a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter
- 2 a : encampment usually for a night
- b : a temporary or casual shelter or lodging
In 2003, 'Bivouac' was a concept we used as the basis of our netlabel. To provide a temporary place where people could gather and be inspired by experimental music. Every year we would select new sound artists and design a new creative website. Time passed and while the netlabel was occasionally revived, we concentrated on working on our own material (see 'Searching for Sentinels'). Realizing that the most unique sound was the sound of reality itself, we ventured into the amazing world of field recording and started to record the improvised performances of experimental musicians (Noriaki Watanabe, Na, James Fei, Peeeseye, Brian Eubanks, Torturing Nurse, Li Jianhong), in NYC (The Stone, Tonic, Chez Bushwick, and Goodbye Blue Mondays (Brooklyn)) and later in Shanghai (YuYinTang (old, old location), Live Bar). From formal studios to live venues to outdoor locations- the world had become our studio. We travelled to remote locations to record sound and, yes, bivouac. Our concept of a 'bivouac' had also become a reality. It was amazing to see that a term we had adopted when we first began was a harbinger of what we were to become.
Today, 'Bivouac' is still the idea behind everything we do. We aim to provide inspiration through the use of sound to encourage people to experience and learn about their world in new and fascinating ways.
Following our passion for sound recording, we also provide professional location recording services for documentaries, short films, corporate videos, and other creative audio projects. See the 'Location Sound' link above for more information.
Who we are:
I'm originally from Virginia and am a professional sound recordist living in Shanghai, China. Having a background in Architecture and a love for experimental sound, the main concepts of my work is how sound could affect an individual's relationship to 'place'. Recently, my work has taken a more socially-focused direction working with NGOs to build awareness of their projects through sound.