Ambient Fields 220817

Short excerpt from today’s pop-up Ambient Field, which was located in a meadow near our home base.
Sounds from this plant captured with a contact microphone and some live processing.

listen to nettles

Preparation for the Ambient Fields performances:
Two contact microphones attached to nettles. What a completely different soundscape compared to what we hear at the same place with our naked ears.

Technical setup

checking the setup in the studio

Checking the technical setup for the Ambient Fields performances:
So, everything is on the table: all cables, microphones, power supply, computers, controllers, networking stuff and stuff for the LiveStream.
The performances will take place in locations where we don’t have access to the power grid. Therefore, we need to set up our hardware completely battery driven, with enough battery power to last several hours of operation – for setup, testing and performance.
Much of the hardware will be powered by the two laptops: the two audio interfaces, phantom power for the microphones and piezo preamps, the midi controllers, the Zoom-F6. But all these connected devices and the software suck the laptop batteries quite empty. In addition, the network router that provides our internal controller network wants 230V voltage. And it’s good to know that the smartphone for the audio live stream can also be recharged if necessary. So we work with additional powerbanks which are charged with solar panels.

LiveStream.220316

AcrossTheValley.220316

The idea of the project is to connect distant people and non-human actors through sound and movement. In this live stream of about 1 hour, a tree and its surroundings in Bonaforth, Germany, are monitored with different microphones. The tree is located at the edge of a village. A nearby lock of the river Fulda produces a deep noise depending on the water level, there is a busy road along the river and a railroad line. In addition, there are sounds from the inside of the tree and the ground captured with contact microphones. We will mix the sounds from the different microphones live on the spot into the stream.
https://twitch.tv/blackholefactory
The stream will be recorded and available on our website.

What happened then:
We used 2 smartphones with their mobile data connection to send audio and video separately to our studio, where both channels were merged and sent to our Twitch channel via OBS. Everything seemed to go great in the studio as well. But caused by a mistake in the audio routing in the studio, the audio stream was fed into OBS a second time with a slight time delay. That’s why we have this slightly psychedelic sound. The glitches in the video are completely expected due to the use of the smartphone camera via mobile data.

AcrossTheValleyTreeBonaforth

AcrossTheValleyTreeBonaforth

AcrossTheValleyTreeBonaforth

AcrossTheValleyTreeBonaforth

AcrossTheValleyTreeBonaforth

LiveStream.220306

LiveStream.220306

We are now starting a series of live streams on twitch.tv with our project ‚Across the Valley – Über das Tal‘ together with Marc Sloan (Easton, Pennsylvania).
The streams will have different focuses and also different durations, some maybe only 15 minutes, others several hours.

We begin on Sunday, March 6 on the topic:
Orienting ourselves together in space while we are distant from each other.

This stream will be relatively short, so please come on time. Or, if you can’t make it live, you can find a recording of it afterwards on our website.

March 6, 2022 12:30 EST – 17:30 UTC – 18:30 CET
https://twitch.tv/blackholefactory

Sound is very important in this project, so please use good headphones or a sound system!

Recording of the LiveStream @twitch.tv: