‘Mapping Amager’ is a multichannel composition realized in the scope of the PSi conference ‘Fluid States North – Fluid Sounds‘ at the University of Copenhagen in June 2015. The conference focussed on site-specific audio works as research and discourse resources.
The composition ‘Mapping Amager’ is meant to be the result of a sonic exploration of the eastern island of the danish capital. Equipped with different field recording gear (binaural headphone microphones, hydrophones, contact microphones, different directional mics and handheld recorders) the composer tried to capture the unique site specific sonic landscapes – the ubiquitous water and the coast, the beaches, the baths nearby the sea, the different ports and marinas, the clash between nature and culture on this most prosperous part of Copenhagen. In the period of three days the composer made field recordings in every cardinal direction. Digitally processed, modified and arranged these diverse sounds are diffused in an eight channel surround sound environment according to their provenience. Comparable to the surround sound system in domes of planetaries the loudspeakers are organized in a graticule. With this set-up the composer tries to re-map the sounds and create an acoustic space allowing the spectator to immerse into a sonic map of Amager defined by its varied sites: The airport in the east, the old port in the north, the green fields and parks in the west and the sailboat marinas in the south. In a second step the listener follows the subjective survey and travel of the composer who got to know the island primarily through sonic encounters guided by the unique sounds Amager is offering.
This blog intends to trace back the development of the whole project:
- The sites where the recordings have been done are portrayed via photographs and soundfiles
- The sonical survey is presented narratively
- Technical explanations of the recording process are described (how the sounds have been captured; why and when several recording technologies have been used)
- Some insights into the compositional and postproductional process are shown
- The contexts where the composition has already been presented are demonstrated
- News about the continuation (upcoming exhibitions, reworked versions etc.) are posted regularly
How To Navigate
This blog is structured according to the chronology of the composer’s sound journey starting on monday the 15th of June 2015 at the ariport and in the east of the island. June 16th was marked by the sonical discovery of the west and the north. On wednesday june 17th the composer visited the town of Dragør in the south of Amager. The visitor of this blog is invited to reenact the sonical voyage through the parts of the danish island. The description of the spots is narrated in the first person perspective.
At the top of every page one can find a segmentation providing links to all the important memoranda of the particular cardinal direction. Every heading contains a cardinal number. These numbers refer to a certain point marked on the map at the bottom of every page. This map could either be a view of the whole island or just a certain segment allowing the viewer to trace back the movements of the composer in a more detailed way. The map just above shows the areas in which recordings have been made and makes it possible to trace back the segmented maps of the other pages into a whole.
Find links allowing to go back to any particular part of the page underneath the maps. This whole structure allows to jump back and forth between the descriptions and the maps contributing the possibility to comprehend the entire project more accurately.
Every page contains sound examples demonstrating what and how several sounds have been recorded. Often there are explanations about the recording equipment and the setups used to capture the resonances. Find some words about the postproduction such as equalizing from time to time, too. The sound examples are uploaded to soundcloud and integrated in this blog via a private link.
Photographs taken at the most impressive and important sites are integrated into the narration. Feel free to enlarge them by just clicking on them.
Please note: All the photographs and soundrecordings have been made by Lorenz Erdmann. Pleas don’t share or use them for any other purpase without writing the author. Just contact the author/composer to ask for permission by writing some words about the purpose of use. Thank you for understanding.