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.
Here’s the sixth recording of unspectacular february and after the hectic ‘all-in’ action of yesterday’s recording, here’s a return to our core unspectacular values. Today’s recording features opening and closing the back door, putting the recycling out and, well, that’s about it.
(February 6th 2019 the back door, recycling, keys)