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Speechless Things

by Pierrot Desperes

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Sound work containing sounds discovered in the field and sound compositions fabricated live in the field during explorations of the southeast coast of Lake Michigan.

During restorative campaigns to the South Haven, Michigan, area over the past two years, I encountered wonders that left me speechless. The sonic energy associated with these speechless things was captured on sound recording devices by microphones, geophones, hydrophones and contact microphones. If conditions permitted, a live compositional sketch was created in the field to augment the experience and more fully capture the mood. These recordings were then fabricated into the final composition.

Chronologically, the work follows a day from dawn to dusk. Geographically, it emerges from the shores of Lake Michigan and travels a path along the coast from Saugatuck Dunes State Park to Van Buren State Park. It goes inland up the Black River and then back to Lake Michigan before returning to a cottage on South Haven Street.

Though created as a continuous work, it can be divided into the following tracks:

Lake Kinematic at Dawn
Crests and Troughs on South Beach
Red Flag Warning for South Pier
Black River Ramble
Under the Gerald Ford
Blue Stairs at Sunset with Patch and Glazunov
Beach to Bench on the Bluff Echoes
Van Buren Weather Alert Day
Perkūnas Pontificates to the Porch


released October 16, 2022

Recorded, composed and mastered by Pierrot Desperes.

Special thanks to Sofija Kraujalytė for alto saxophone on Blue Stairs at Sunset with Patch and Glazunov.

Pierrot Desperes used the following equipment for recording, fabrication and exploration:
Zoom H5 and H2n recorders
Aquarian H2a hydrophone
Cryptic Carousel contact microphones
Pulp Logic CTACT piezo contact mic preamps
LOM Geofón
Gecho Loopsynth
KOMA Elektronik Field Kit electroacoustic work station
Alpacka Caribou packraft
Bike Friday Companion
Saucony Excursion


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