In 2009 I contributed a project to Sound Diaries awkwardly titled Unspectacular February. We had just published a series of recordings from the first minute of 2009 full of fireworks, excitement, and new beginnings and so it seemed like we should follow this up with something from the everyday business of being. The result was a series of one minute recordings capturing the everyday activities of the kitchen – the sound of the dishwasher, kettle, fridge, toaster, cutlery drawer, microwave and the more distant sounds of the house – television from the next room, footsteps upstairs, the washing machine in the shed. I thought that I should mark the passing of ten years by doing this again. I’m in a different kitchen now but many of the objects are still the same.
The ideal way of presenting this would be to have the two recordings presented next to each other but, well, my filing system isn’t all it could be and so far I can only find six of the recordings from 2009. So here’s the first recording from 2019. I cleaned the dishwasher recently and for whatever reason the sound it makes has changed considerably.
(February 1st 2019 Dishwasher interrupted)