Soundscapes Hamilton – Crows of St. Andrew’s Church Ancaster Ontario

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – recorded Oct 10th, 2014.

The congregation was founded in 1826 by Rev. George Sheed who came from Scotland. In 1830, Rev. Sheed built a home on the Hermitage property, just a short distance down a country lane from the future church.

The original St. Andrew’s church was a framed building on a stone foundation. Construction started in 1832, but Sheed died before work could be completed. As a result, Rev. Sheed became the first person to be buried in the Church’s cemetery.

The wooden church was replaced by the current stone structure in 1874.

Sight & Sounds – Reeds blowing in the wind at Cootes Paradise, Hamilton (Ont).

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.

Odds and Ends – On Location in Hamilton

field recording at Princess Point, Hamilton (Ont).
field recording at Princess Point, Hamilton (Ont).

 

Odds and Ends – an artist notebook

28 Sept 2015 – I like capturing the moment, whether art-making or film-making.

Most of my video work is done on the spot, without a script or much of a rehearsal. However, there are times when I want something more crafted, more structured. So, to that end, I have decided to create a series of short films featuring local Hamilton landscapes.

These short films are inspired by the nature clips on the CBS Sunday Mornings with Charles Kuralt back in the 1980s. At that time, the nature clips were 2-3 minutes long and were introduced with a poem or poetic style introduction. I loved the relaxed, unhurried pace of the show and particularly the nature clips. You always felt you had this quiet moment before the day really got going.

This is my goal with my nature clips. To showcase the natural landscapes of Hamilton during each of the four seasons. Given the work involved, I will likely do it once or twice a month. Sunday mornings seem a particularly good time to upload them.

In addition to the filming, the nature clips will provide additional opportunities to develop my field sound recording skills.

Sunset on 1st Day of Fall – Princess Point, #HamOnt

The first day of fall occurred on September 23, 2015. Catch the last moments of a beautiful sunset at Princess Point in Hamilton, Ontario.