D Bayne | Projects

The library of projects on this website is unified by each project's use of field recordings. Also called environmental recordings, these are non-musical sounds collected using a portable digital recorder - and perhaps, a sense of adventure. Each image documents the place and time each field recording was made. This is common throughout the library, but each project treats its set of recordings in a different way.

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Meditations on Present Time

This project is an open collection of duets between found sound and piano. Each field recording is less than five minutes in length. An image taken at the site where each field recording was made ties the recording to a place and to a lesser extent a time.

Each duet is both a reaction to the general impression of the sounds as well as a dialog with the inherent narrative of each recording. In some cases, these narratives are nearly static. In other cases, more dramatic. The role of the piano is to react to the specific sonic elements in each short recording and expose the unique narrative found within each one.

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Chicago Loop

Chicago Loop is a collection of field records made downtown in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. Each photograph was taken at the same place each audio recording was made.

The character of these recordings is much more static than the Meditations series. Eschewing an obvious narrative, the focus is to highlight the subtle events and changes occurring over the course of each recording's longer 14¼ minute duration. The purpose of these recordings is less an end in itself than to serve later as a basis for future, group free-improvisation or maybe something entirely different.

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Waipio Valley Surf Hawaii


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