December 11, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

December 11, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

The following set of images are the 30 photograph scores Rachel took in Ólafsfjörður with a Canon 6D and EF 24mm f/2.8 lens. Snow photographs were taken with an iphone 5 or 6. Each of these images were realized into one hour of sound. 

 

Temperature: -7.8ºC

Wind: 4 m/s

The first day's time lapse photographs had so many clouds and northern lights that they could not be stacked into one image. I began the painstaking process of isolating the star trails over a black background then stacking the painted photos to make the final score. This process resulted in star trails that are jagged and change colors. 

 

View documentation of the March 7-10, 2016 performance at UC San Diego HERE.

 

 

December 12, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

December 12, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

Temperature: -7ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

 

December 13, 2015 – Partly Cloudy

December 13, 2015 – Partly Cloudy

Temperature: -6.2ºC

Wind: 0 m/s

 

Like the score of the first day, there was too much cloud cover to the time lapse photos into one image. With even more cloud cover throughout the hour of photography, this day has significantly fewer stars peeking through the score. 

 

December 14, 2015 – Overcast

December 14, 2015 – Overcast

Temperature: 5.1ºC

Wind: 5 m/s

 

The first completely cloudy night.

 

December 15, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

December 15, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

Temperature: -3ºC

Wind: 4 m/s

December 16, 2015 – Overcast

December 16, 2015 – Overcast

Temperature: 0.1ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

 

December 17, 2015 – Blizzard

December 17, 2015 – Blizzard

Temperature: -3.8ºC

Wind: 10 m/s

 

Earlier on this day Dustin Donahue and I took a trip to Akureyri to see the premiere of the new Star Wars movie. The bus back to Ólafsfjörður was cancelled due to bad weather so we had to book a hotel room and spend the night. Because I couldn't get home to the photography spot, there isn’t a photo or field recording for this day. 

As I was warming up on my flute one day later in January, I happened upon a fragile multiphonic that pulsed unpredictably between its notes. I tried the multiphonic on piccolo and bass flute and liked the idea of layering the instruments with this mulitphonic. That is what you hear for this night, an hour of these fragile multiphonics.

December 18, 2015 – Overcast with Aurora

December 18, 2015 – Overcast with Aurora

Temperature: -2.1ºC

Wind: 1 m/s

 

 

 

December 19, 2015 – Snow

December 19, 2015 – Snow

Temperature: -6.2ºC

Wind: 0 m/s

 

At the onset of the project, I had no plan for creating a score if it was snowing at night. One day one of the other artists in residence and I took a group photo outside. In the photo I noticed that the falling snow appeared as lines very similar to the star trails I had been photographing. I realized it would be possible to take a photo of the snow falling and then translate this photo into a score similarly to the star trail scores. 

 

This night I attempted to take the snow photo with my Canon - covered by a plastic bag with holes cut out for the lens - but I could not find a camera setting that could capture the snow trails. Fortunately, my iPhone camera with the flash was able to easily reveal the snow trails under some ambient light between two street lights. I took several photos of the snow falling and chose my favorite to become the score.

December 20, 2015 – Snow

December 20, 2015 – Snow

Temperature: 0ºC

Wind: 7 m/s

 

 

 

December 21, 2015 – Overcast

December 21, 2015 – Overcast

Temperature: 1.4ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

December 22, 2015 – Overcast

December 22, 2015 – Overcast

Temperature: -0.1ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

December 23, 2015 – Snow

December 23, 2015 – Snow

Temperature: -2ºC

Wind: 7 m/s

 

 

 

December 24, 2015 – Snow

December 24, 2015 – Snow

Temperature: -5.9ºC

Wind: 8 m/s

 

 

 

December 25, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

December 25, 2015 – Stars & Aurora

Temperature: -13.8ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

December 26, 2015 – Stars

December 26, 2015 – Stars

Temperature: -7.5ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

December 27, 2015 – Overcast

December 27, 2015 – Overcast

Temperature: 6.4ºC

Wind: 5 m/s

 

 

 

December 28, 2015 – Snow

December 28, 2015 – Snow

Temperature: 1.7ºC

Wind: 4 m/s

 

 

 

December 29, 2015 – Overcast & Windy

December 29, 2015 – Overcast & Windy

Temperature: 4.7ºC

Wind: 2-13 m/s

 

Being at the photography spot on this night was incredibly difficult because of intense wind. The only way to record was by holding down the tripods; I remained at the camera and Dustin went to the field recorder. We sat alone in silence trying to hold down the equipment. We eventually decided to leave early because the wind was so intense that the equipment was unstable and the camera had shifted positions several times. 

December 30, 2015 – Overcast & Windy

December 30, 2015 – Overcast & Windy

Temperature: 3ºC

Wind: 8-12 m/s

 

The wind was even stronger on this night. Because the wind made the previous day’s photography so difficult, I decided to not attempt going out to the photography spot this evening. Instead, I took a “field recording” with contact mics on my bedroom window, capturing the sound of the wind blowing through the crack in the window. This realization uses that recording. 

 

 

 

December 31, 2015 – Rain & Fireworks

December 31, 2015 – Rain & Fireworks

Temperature: 3.9ºC

Wind: 7-13 m/s

 

The New Year’s Eve celebration presented by the town of Ólafsfjörður included a bonfire and fireworks at 8:00 p.m. It was raining at this point in the evening, so we did not attend, but watched some of the fireworks from our kitchen window. 

 

At one point in the evening, I went out and took photographs of the falling rain. The camera captured rain much differently than snow, with fewer trails in each photograph. I decided to make this day's score by taking 60 photographs of the snow and stacking them, imitating the process of making the star trail photographs. 

 

The rain subsided around 11:30 p.m. At midnight, Dustin and I went outside to see the local residents' personal fireworks. Fireworks are only legal in Iceland for a few days around New Year’s Eve, and they can only be purchased from Landsbjörg, the volunteer rescue association. The sale of fireworks around the holidays funds most of their operations for the whole year. It was the most amazing fireworks show I have ever seen. The fireworks came from all directions and flew straight above our heads. We decided to watch from the top of a 20 foot pile of snow. At one point a nearby fence caught fire from a stray firework, but quickly went out. The fireworks lasted longer than we did. Around 12:45 a.m., they were still going, but we were too cold to stay outside. The explosions eventually dwindled in number, but we heard fireworks late into the night. 

January 1, 2016 – Partly Cloudy

January 1, 2016 – Partly Cloudy

Temperature: -1.5ºC

Wind: 2 m/s

 

 

January 2, 2016 – Stars

January 2, 2016 – Stars

Temperature: -2.9ºC

Wind: 3 m/s

 

 

 

January 3, 2016 – Stars & Aurora

January 3, 2016 – Stars & Aurora

Temperature: -1.4ºC

Wind: 2 m/s

 

 

 

January 4, 2016 – Overcast

January 4, 2016 – Overcast

Temperature: 3.8ºC

Wind: 4-11 m/s

 

 

 

January 5, 2016 – Snow

January 5, 2016 – Snow

Temperature: 0.9ºC

Wind: 5 m/s

 

 

 

January 6, 2016 – Partly Cloudy with Aurora

January 6, 2016 – Partly Cloudy with Aurora

Temperature: 1.7ºC

Wind: 5-11 m/s

 

 

 

January 7, 2016 – Snow

January 7, 2016 – Snow

Temperature: 3.1ºC

Wind: 8-11 m/s

 

 

 

January 8, 2016 – Overcast

January 8, 2016 – Overcast

Temperature: 2.7ºC

Wind: 6-12 m/s

 

 

 

January 9, 2016 – Stars

January 9, 2016 – Stars

Temperature: 1ºC

Wind: 2 m/s