Working on a second sound therapy series, I had to examine an element that I felt was missing.
After a lot of thought and consideration, I discovered it was metal. An industrial backdrop was vital for this collection of sounds in the T-Minus tinnitus library. The notion was to bring uncomfortable tones and frequencies (that perhaps held fearful connotations) ie negative tinnitus experiences when travelling using planes and automobiles etc and make them sound both exiting and comforting.
Growing up, I realised I had a predilection for all things French and exotic. When I was 12 I was given a black and white TV and I used to stay up late watching French crime films that starred Alain Delon.
The movies always had an eerie and evocative sheen to them, and I was transfixed by the 1970’s French Citroen cars and the sound they made.
I went to the south of France to capture the sound of a 1970’s Citroen 2CV. My particular favourite sound is the slow turning of the wheel as it’s driving onto a thick gravel path whilst putting the cars indicator on, ‘that click clack sound’.
If you listen carefully you can hear in the background an old man singing in the street.
I recorded this man singing in Cuba, it was 6am and the man was using this song to sell his items that he carried on a trolley. These sounds were taken from a city called Santiago de Cuba and this city is the capital of Cuba’s South-Eastern province.
Trains was a complete and utter joy to create.
I went all over the United Kingdom in order to find steam trains and their associated sounds.
The idea of this journey was to take the listener back to the Edwardian era (1901 - 1910) and the musical mantra that I used in this piece was ‘Reflection’.
I’ve always enjoyed the film ‘The Railway Children’ and I somehow wanted to create that sense of deep joy and emotion that comes at the end of the movie.
I’m am putting myself back into a mythical childhood scene. I’m with my father and we’re taking a train journey that goes past all of the designated stations and then onto infinity itself. The two of us sat together enjoying the quiet serenity that occurs when both parties are completely and utterly bound by the love of their surroundings and the love of one another, but as is always the case in England: understated and unsaid.
Overall, I wanted to create a sonic photographic snapshot of time: illustrated by a undeveloped negative that has a look of monochromatic sepia.
My local harbour works perfectly for capturing sea sounds and all other tones, frequencies and noises that come with this huge associated subject matter.
When the wind blows through the hills and down land onto my hometown, the boats bobble gently against the rubber tyres that protect them from the sea wall.
The bumpy, brooding sea licks the side of the harbour. The strong breeze kisses the boats and causes the knocking sounds of the ships rigging. This creates tiny and wonderful sound explosions that soothe the mind and pull the listener further into the ‘journey’.
A steamboat recorded from the Lake District at Ullswater is placed into this piece of music and the stars that are covering the midnight sky have been painstakingly made by an early 1960’s voltage controlled electronic American synthesiser.
I couldn’t wait to work on the subject of planes in this ever-growing tinnitus therapy sound library.
The challenge was to take a seemingly hostile and stressful environment and give it a new reappraisal.
I would go to different airports in different countries and capture the many shades of ambiance’s that each hour and location would offer me.
Airports in the evening are beautifully relaxing and peaceful places to dwell in. I found myself utterly inspired and was full of thoughts pertaining to the final stage of painting these soundscapes onto my musical ‘canvas’.
I looked at recording light aircrafts landing and taking off into the sunset, rotary engine planes and lastly jet airplanes.
I wanted to capture the majesty and serenity of air travel and the happiness that brings when connecting people throughout the known world.
It’s exactly what I’m hoping will happen with the T-Minus app and music. By bringing the tinnitus community together from all over the world and using the sounds that we hear in everyday life, we aim to create tones and frequencies that will soothe and mask the tinnitus noises and give the listener every chance to manage this condition.