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60 Minute Cities- Montréal

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[Purchase includes all audio tracks in Mp3 format and PDF with track descriptions.]

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Audio Track Listing:

1- Going For Breakfast With My Mom (6:00) / 2- Eating And Drinking Amid Conversation Swarms (6:00) / 3- Reflecting At The Top Of A Hill Over A Quiet Drone (6:00) / 4- Lingering At Snowdon Station (6:00) / 5- Listening To Motors And Autumn Shuffling At A Bus Stop (6:00) / 6- Regenerating At Langelier Station(6:00) / 7- Sitting In A Warm Spot On A Bench At A Grocery Store (6:00) / 8- Working To A Street Sign Clamour (6:00) / 9- Standing In A Narrow Passage At Rush Hour (6:00) / 10- Passing By A Nest Of Birds In A Tree On A Wet Street (6:00)

Machines churn automatically, are operated by people, run urgently or calmly, consistent or syncopated and often both / They can sustain temperatures for instance, or mobilize individuals up floors or to different parts of the city /  Natural elements such as wind and hail push through the threshold of hearing while side effects such as cold and dampness create a need for shelter and push people indoors / Voices pierce through quiet places, but are buried under the low frequencies inside average cityscapes, or lost inside the swarm of many voices sounding at once in busy restaurants and bars; its communicative value can be compromised by loud machines or enhanced by acoustic ergonomics /

As we move through time and space, sounds reveal information about the environments we find ourselves in / In the moment, we improvise based off of this information; we also act out of habit of exposure even no sound information is identical to the last / Recording captures these sound environments, allowing for a freer listening at a later point, where the subjective experience of the recorder can be lost to the interpretation of the listener and where many narratives are possible at once / Hidden sounds can be unearthed during a careful listening as we latch onto what is memorable or significant / These environments are composed of machines, weather elements and organisms, the last of which, in search of their frequency niche, aim to be heard within a limited auditory space / For example, to be able to survive in urban spaces, birds must adapt to the sounds in their environment and pierce through the barrage of noise created by machines / To survive, they must be heard, and essentially access a niche unlike any other sound /

I’ve found deep enjoyment in story telling for as long as I can remember: reading them, writing them, recreating them for an audience / Whether I use an acoustic guitar and my voice, a pen and paper, or in this instance a recorder, I anchor myself to a narrative, and run with it / While studying the composition of urban soundscapes, I became intrigued by the relationships between organisms and their environments / By jumping into this 60-minute project recording, I was able to transform these sonic interactions I encountered into artifacts / Furthermore, I was able to reflect on the spaces I often found myself in, and explore both the small details and the global directions that make up these environments /

The recordings in this album are testaments to my experiences in Montreal, a place in which I was born, from which I moved, but later returned to and spent most of my adult life in / In these recordings, I find myself lingering at metro stations listening to escalators churning and lights buzzing, in a grocery store during a storm or in a mall going for breakfast with my mom; on the curb of a street listening to an unexpected flock of birds; home while a street sign clamors against a pole in howling wind / I stood still for nearly all these recordings, blending into the environments as an extension of my recorder / I wanted to create something that could transport the listener into specific places at precise times, inside the varied soundscapes and narratives that one might encounter during a Montreal winter //

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13:26 / December 29, 2016 / Metro Plus Domaine, 6550 Rue Sherbrooke E. / 45.582043, -73.542743 / Sitting In A Warm Spot On A Bench At A Grocery Store / Although the door to this grocery store is only a few steps away, and stays shut for a few moments before triggering open automatically, a sweet spot of warmth can be found right here, on the bench facing it / This time, the bench is empty, and I decide to sit down to record / Many familiar sounds can be heard in a stream or an endless flow: the rickety shopping carts being wheeled individually and more quietly by patrons or in larger groups and more loudly by employees; the heating system droning dutifully on while acting as a buffer against the bitter cold and wind that often accompanies snowfall in Montreal; the opening and closing of the automatic doors causing a rubbery friction that creates short sounds not unlike the cooing of a pigeon / To the left of where I’m sitting, patrons stream inside the grocery store with empty carts, or leave with full ones on the way to their cars / To my right, carts get wheeled and cans are exchanged for coins / This store called Métro Plus is conveniently located a few meters away from the metro / It reminds me of the kind of groceries stores found deeper inside the city, where artisanal beer sections are often found, and where the convenience of location is countered by the inconvenience of price / The muffled beeping of scanners barely cuts through the sound barrier, but operated by cashiers, it signifies time moving forward //

About the Artist:

Joey is a Montreal based music composer and sound designer, working in a wide variety of fields including film, theatre and dance. Using sound to facilitate narratives and create stories of his own, he spends most of his days immersed in a laboratory of noise and electronics, where every object is a potential instrument. His areas of interest include decoding the compositions of soundscapes, researching trends in cityscapes, and experimenting with the idea of une niche fréquentielle, or a frequency niche from which his next story will unfold. He can be found attending workshops and classes, in the middle of deep collaborations or roaming streets and deserted hallways with a recorder in hand.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/zaurrini