Project Overview

Resonant Echoes focuses on the integration of sound within the community by using field recordings, mechanical music boxes, visuals and acoustic instruments. People have been recording sounds from their environments for over 100 years, documenting the evolution of our land, wildlife and culture.

We warmly invite community members to submit a field recording from their environment. These recordings capture the landscapes and environments of our disparate places and attempts to connect our personal experiences and awareness. It can be a 30-90 second recording from nature, a part of your every day routine, incidental sounds from a favorite place or anything that you might like to slow down and listen.

Recording technology has changed drastically since the first field recording was documented by an 8-year old boy, Ludwig Karl Koch from 1889, who used his father’s wax cylinder recorder to capture the first documented form of non-human sound: the song of a Common Shama bird. We currently have more recording devices available but fancy recording equipment is not needed: a simple smartphone voice recording app is perfectly sufficient.

We plan to include these samples in this new work composed by Phyllis Chen. Youth sound makers will also be invited to be part of a music box-making workshop in March/April 2021. Depending on current events and weather, the new work will be premiered as an outdoor community event or online in May 2021.

Want to participate? Go to Submit a Sound Sample. You can upload field recordings in an mp3 format, or send it as an email attachment to newpaltzresonantechoes@gmail.com