HAVING CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY in your pocket creates the need to make things. That's what is happening to me ever since I got an easy way to make high-quality audio files through my pocket. I've other handheld devices like the Sony ICD MX-20 digital dictaphone but I still need to set aside time to upload and post the audio files recorded on it. When I use Audioboo on the X10, I'm able to record and publish in one easy process. Consequently, I'm walking around Cashel an hour after sunrise, recording the sound of the town as it awakens. And I'm also trying to put myself inside ruins from hundreds of years ago, imagining what early morning might have sounded like back then. In the case of Hore Abbey (above left), the roof was on the nave and all the walls ran from the ground to the top of the structure, so the audio footprint would have been different than now. In the 21st century, the early morning roosters share the audio spectrum with lorries on the motorway. I'm looking at ways of removing engine sounds from my clips but I know that if I do that, I won't be archiving an authentic record of the ambient sound from my local environment.
Direct link to http://www.insideview.ie/files/horeabbeyboo.mp3
Image shot with SonyEricsson Xperia X10, a cameraphone I am trying to break for the manufacturer. It has survived four drops to concrete and just keeps working.
Bonus Link: Swiftboo from Jonathan Grimes.