Quiet American

I’ve spent a while this evening listening to some of the recordings shared at Quiet American. It’s a site housing field recordings and edited works that explore the experience of being in an unfamiliar place through the sounds found in them. I’ve enjoyed listening in stillness to many of the offerings, but the narrated Annapurna: Memories in Sound has been the most enjoyable, being an audio journey that leaves the listeners completely immersed in the experience. These recordings make me thankful I have high quality headphones.

The world makes its own music, but we rarely listen with naive ears.
Quiet American is the manipulation of sounds I hear and record.
The project began as I grappled with what it meant to be a tourist in another culture. It continues as I grapple with what it means to be a tourist in my own.
The opportunity, the thrill, and the risk of travel is being present to the world. My goal with Quiet American is to sketch in sound the experience of being in an unfamiliar place.
The work on this site is not a replacement for travel. But if you are willing to listen, you may be transported.
Quiet American

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