Still stopping, looking, listening...

Remember the Stop Look Listen project? I don’t blame you if you don’t. I haven’t posted anything about it for an awkwardly long period of time.

Stop Look Listen is something I started on the summer solstice last year — the day the Patronopolis was launched. I made a commitment to record one minute of sound every day for an entire year, and I’ve pretty much kept that promise, with a few missed days here and there. I’ve recorded everything from my cats’ melodious voices to Whippletree rehearsals to the sound of my pen moving across the paper as I write in my journal. Storms, crowds, birds, bees — it’s been awesome.

With less than two weeks to go, I’m feeling both relieved and slightly bummed to see the end in sight (or hear the end in sight?). I’ve captured so many amazing moments that I would have normally never recorded, simply because I had the gear on me. I have a record now of quite a few songs being written, bit by bit, and other tender stuff, too. Hilarity, stillness, romance. Sound! Nothing like it to convey intimacy, snap my senses into focus, make me pay attention. 

I had intended to do more seeking-out of specific or odd sounds. I also intended to post what I was recording on a speedy basis (I think I had delusions of doing it daily at first - ha!). As it turns out, I mostly just recorded wherever I was, whoever I was with, whatever I was doing, because I had one of the busier years of my life, and I generally didn’t have time to do much more than pull out the recorder and hit the right button. And posting - yikes! I’m just now editing and posting what I recorded last winter.The editing process was waaayyyy more time consuming than I’d imagined, mainly because it’s so dang interesting to hear what’s been recorded, and then to choose 60 seconds to grab and call the “minute of the day." So even though I’ve been recording every day, I’m playing major catch-up on the editing and posting process. (You can currently hear the sounds through January 31 if you’re interested.)

What’s next? A minute a week? Nothing formal…I just keep carrying my recorder around? Hmmm…

Maybe I’ll be clearer once I work my way through this mountain of material.

Have a response, an idea, a direction in which you think I should take this? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Shoot me an e-mail if you’d like — my address is on my website.

Thanks for listening!