Soundscape Hamilton – Hamilton Hall

Soundscape Hamilton Art Project – recorded 28 Aug 2015. What does a building sound like? Soundscape Hamilton is an art project that explores the sound profile of each building.

1854 MacNab updates the look of Hamilton home

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

1854 MacNab becomes the last Prime Minister of Upper Canada (1854-1855)

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Art Post 41 – New Short Film Series

Sights and Sounds is a new short film series that features field recordings and short videos. Running about ten minutes in length, each film highlights a natural landscape in the Hamilton region. The films are a little longer than normal, so the viewer is able to get into the moment of each place.

Odds and Ends – Hamilton Sights and Sounds Project

Chris Erskine, Urabn Landscape Artist

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist

Odds and Ends – An artist notebook

05 Oct 2015 – I continue to explore the long format of field recordings with video. Many field recording sites only include sounds; some will post a few photos to show the context of the video. I am increasing being drawn to the combining video with my field recordings. It is a really nice way to be in the moment of a location.

On the cable, you can find sunsets, fish tanks, topical beaches, and the classic fireplace on 30 minute loops. So, I must not be the only one who finds this interesting to watch and listen.

I also like the long format of 10 minutes or more. It gives you a chance to settle in and appreciate the location. The challenge of these longer clips is the amount of time it takes to load up to Youtube.

The GoPro Hero 4, silver edition, has been a great tool for the video recordings, really cuts down on the gear and weight. The downside is the ability to focus on distant objects.

The latest project focuses on the wind and Cootes Paradise. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get close to the reeds in a way that still provides a good view of the landscape. There are usually trees and branches blocking some of the view. In addition, the GoPro tries to put everything is focus, so objects close to the lens compromises the sharpness of objects in the distance. Thus, my ability to zoom in on those distant objects is limited.

1847 Castle Douance is built

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

1847 Willian Reid is the landscape gardner

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Dundurn Castle, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec


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