Composer Carl Stone has been writing a column — that is, he’s been blogging — for the newmusicbox.org website since August of this year. He’s posted on such topics as the use of a turntable in advertising, the end of the Osaka Festival Beyond Innocence, the sound art of Yukio Fujimoto, Curtis Patterson’s score for a film about Frank Lloyd Wright’s relationship with Japan, the composer and radio producer Ted Szántó, and hearing text as sound.
The attraction of this online residency is not just his experience as a musician, but the fact that Stone spends much of his year in Japan, where he teaches electronic music. He writes of his expatriate experience, “For me, the urban soundscape of Tokyo is the largest payoff I get by living in an already great city.
In a September 20 post he captured the Japanese festival Asagaya Matsuri not only in photos and writing —
… Others join the din with whistles and wooden clappers. An ensemble of drums and flute play while perched atop an elevated scaffold in front of the train station. Add the occasional sound of an ambulance along with the normal sounds of traffic—incredibly they don’t close the roads but let the paraders mix in with the cars—and you get a wonderful sound stew which I offer up herewith for your enjoyment.— but in a four-minute audio field recording that is all ritual chanting and whistling, all whirling momentum (MP3). “I travel everywhere around town,” he writes, “with my trusty pocket recorder tucked away, well, in my pocket, ready to grab whatever interesting sonic environments I happen to stumble in to.” Read the full post at newmusicbox.org.