From familiar places of comfort to which we return over and over, to singular adventures to totally new regions, this edition of Tiny Portraits examines what it means to visit.
Cody Yantis visits friends in his home state of Colorado, Italian Xu returns with his family to a favoured holiday spot in Italy, Ulf A. S. Holbrook, a Norwegian, is a tourist in Croatia, Jim Haynes leaves the USA to take on an artist residency in Estonia.
All have produced pieces reflecting on these many different ways we visit, and the ways sounds both familiar and unfamiliar shape these experiences of difference and renewal.
In the summer of 2015 I spent two weeks in a small house by the beach in Marušići, Croatia. With a view to the island of Brač and the quarry where our landlord’s grandfather rowed to gather stone when building the house, it was a perfect place for a holiday of relaxation. Recorders were placed outside, around the house, recording more or less continuosly for two weeks, capturing the sea, bathers, birds and wildlife, farmers, workers, an out-of-tune rooster and daily life though a warm and sleepy period of summer. After several days of windless, almost unbelievably hot weather, the weather changed and strong winds ripped across the coast for almost 12 continuous hours. This overnight recording formed the raw material for this composition. The winds changed the sonic signature of this beach paradise completely, making it into a much more poetic scene than the usual sun-drenched beach with cries of children playing in the water, birds and boats. This short piece is an attempt at capturing this poetic.
Ulf A. S. Holbrook, Oslo, Norway.
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