This August I had the immense privilege of traveling to Sri Lanka with the aim of recording a vast array of sounds drawn both from the depths of the jungle and the local music culture.
Armed with a Zoom H4N and a pair of Adam A3X's that were very kindly lent to me by Adam Audio - I travelled with my equipment in hand around the North Western, North Central, and Central provinces and returned with over 80 hours of recorded material.
I am particularly interested in the creation of entirely new sounds through the manipulation of these organic takes, and how raw samples enable the creation of an entirely unique sample-bank.
Here I have collected some of my favourite memories from the trip, along with some sound snippets that illustrate how I intend to process these sounds for future use in my work.
This courtyard in a remote part of Hettuwewa became my main home for sifting through recordings as I travelled to the surrounding villages and natural sites.
Recording world's loudest insect: the Cicada. Listen below to the raw recording (warning: it's not a pleasant sound) vs. an example of two processed samples incorporated into music.
Buddhist chants in a remote temple in the mountains, and another chant recorded in a church in Colombo where a monk was guiding children through prayer.
Visiting Antony Surendra, one of the country's most renowned mandolin players, in Colombo.
Traditional percussion & dance in Colombo.
A villager in the North-Western province playing his Harmonium.
Sri Lankan singing bowl.