São Miguel Island – Day 3 : Ribeira Grande

São Miguel Island – Day 3 : Ribeira Grande — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

We spent the day at Ribeira Grande, the second largest municipality on São Miguel. We wandered the streets listening to the sounds surrounding us.

It was a particularly windy day, and we were searching for sheltered places to record. Near a small electricity substation, we heard a vent sounding near a wall that shielded the wind. We listened in the corner as the wind and electrical hum sonically merged.

Near a church, we found a ventilation hum that shared a frequency (G) with the bell when it rang. We recorded the sounds of the vent and bells. We are thinking about creating an installation that combines these two sounds.

We then came across a vacant lot, where we listened to the sounds of church bells at 7pm. Perhaps it would be a nice place for an installation. We shall see.

© 2017 Jen Reimer & Max Stein