February 17th

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.

It’s February the 17th, and yes, I’m getting a bit behind. It’s exhausting this unspectacular business. Who knew that nothing much happening could be so time consuming. For the eagle-eared amongst you there ‘s the treat of hearing an apple fall onto cheap cermaic tiles in today’s offering. Don’t say we never do anything for you!

(February 17th 2019 tumble-drier at the end of the cycle, apple falling.)