There is a special spot here on the island (one of many!) , that I like to go to for a little happiness jolt, and a reminder to explore my other senses, beyond the visual. I walk down this road, stop, close my eyes and just listen. To all the different layers of song. It is magical.
First I close my eyes and just take in the sounds as they come, trying to hear more deeply as I become accustomed to the sounds.
Then I listen with less focus and allow visual images to pass through my mind. What does each experience cultivate? And this time with this auditory experience? Each time I revisit a spot, the images are different.
And lastly, I think about how I can bring this experience into my work. Not necessary directly with sound, but is there something in what I heard and visualized that I can use to add another layer to my creation. Emotion, movement, colour, image?
There are many different auditory experiences with which we can explore this exercise. Waves crashing, a summer meadow, the seeming silence of fresh snowfall, a waterfall, grasses blowing, wind, a choir in full song, the interplay of voices in the coffeeshop.Oh! and one of my favourites that I will miss here- that magical sound from when the ice is clearing from the frozen lakes and rivers. As the ice crystals break apart, they fall on one another, creating the most magical tinkling...It's an elusive sound- hard to catch as it only happens for a few days each year...but is so worth the search, like ice fairies playing a delicate crystal xylophone...
I've included the video with my happiness spot so you can try it out, at least in a small way....I'd love to hear where you find your own special sound places!