Hello world! I'm back from my two month South American travels, and I brought with me 120 hours worth of recordings for Little Symphony. I couldn't be more excited to start editing some of these files in to album worthy segments, and Bryson is feeling very inspired and motivated to create the musical side of all these upcoming albums as fast as possible. That means, aside from the one month delay period between submission and distribution, there should be some amazing new sounds coming your way very soon.
Travelling With a Microphone
It was an incredibly interesting experience to base a lot of my trip around the process of taking these field recordings. It opened up travel opportunities I never would have experienced without the context of my handheld recorder. Firstly, it inspired in me a new type of presence. Whenever I travel I try to live in the moment as often as possible, but in the past that has been almost exclusively a visual and social experience. I observe the beauty of the place I'm visiting, and I am engaged in my conversations with locals or other travellers. But with my microphone in my bag, always ready to start a recording, my presence also became auditory. I started feeling hyper aware of all the sounds happening around me, whether I was in a bustling city, a small, cultural/musical town, hiking past a waterfall in the Andes, or surrounded by animals in the Amazon. This made my trip really enjoyable in the moment, and also has provided an amazing way to look back and remember it. Listening to my recordings now I am mentally transported to the destinations they came from and reminded of the beauty that was there. It has also been an amazing way to share my trip with others. It's common practice for travellers to take lots of pictures and show their friends and family when they get home, but it's not so common for travellers to be able to share the soundscape of the places they visited. I'm happy to have the opportunity to do this.
Looking Ahead to New Ideas
Now that Little Symphony content spreads across two continents, we are looking forward to new ideas for the website. We want to create an interactive map that sorts the albums by location of the field recording. This way, you can browse the map and select which part of the world you want your sleep music or relaxation sounds to come from. As I mentioned before, the sounds of an area are as important as photographs for conveying the experience to others. We hope that our interactive map, in combination with some beautiful photos, can bring others closer to the experience of travelling the world, even if they don't have the opportunity to actually travel themselves. It's also an incredibly exciting prospect to think of how many different places one could explore in one day in this way. A jump across an ocean would be just one click away, transporting you from South American rain forests to the Australian coast line. We will have to travel a lot more before we can fill out this map to a respectable amount of areas, but every idea has to start somewhere. Maybe as this map draws attention from our listeners we can encourage people to send us recordings from where they live, and populate the map much quicker.
For now, I also happen to be going to India in March for a month. I don't really know what to expect in terms of sounds I can record there, but I'm really excited to find out! Hopefully I find at least a couple soundscapes that will be good to convert in to Little Symphony albums. Potentially we will have to branch out from ambient, relaxing music and just start releasing any sounds we capture, in another format. For example, sounds of cars and people in a busy city doesn't exactly make for good sleep music, but it is still valuable for what I've been talking about in terms of conveying the experience of an area to somebody. India will certainly have plenty of interesting sounds to capture, and I look forward to experiencing and sharing them, whether they are relaxing or not. Until then, January and February will be devoted to releasing all the exciting content we already have collected. We also have a few other projects on the horizon, like a YouTube channel and improving our presence on Apple Music. Stay tuned for all Little Symphony has to bring you in 2019, it's going to be an exciting year for calming music!