Chimney in Skagaströnd

May 16, 2013 – Chimney (Skagaströnd, IS)
Chimney in Skagaströnd — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Skagaströnd is a small village on the North coast of Iceland. It has been a trading centre since the late 15th century and is now a thriving fishing port with seafood processing plants. The chimney is the tallest structure in the village and can be seen from all directions.

On a very windy day, we installed a bench inside the chimney (created by Nes Artist in residence Jahnne Pasco White). We took turns sitting on the bench to record the chimney’s sonic environment using binaural microphones.

Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being inside the space where the recording took place.

With these recordings, we layered a composition of processed horn, mimicing the electrical drones surrounding the location.

We invite you to download our piece below, and with headphones, go to the chimney, sit on the bench and listen to our recordings from that very same place superimposed with the sounds presently existing in the space. What is recorded? What is not?


Sound recording & Processing by Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Bench created by Jahnne Pasco White

Organized by Nes Artist Residency and Summer We Go Public