What does this picture sound like?
Not what does it look like — it looks like what it is, which according to Tim Prebble, who shot it, is Tanah Lot in Bali, photographed during a visit in March 2007. A year later he posted field recordings of the environment, including some rowdy ones captured during New Year celebrations (at his website, musicofsound.co.nz).
And more recently, as part of a new experimental series (titled simply Synaesthesia — i.e., the confusion of senses) at his musicofsound.co.nz site, Prebble asked his readers to compose works that are suggested by the image. Three audio segments have been uploaded as of this writing, associated with the Tanah Lot photograph. Martin‘s is a dirgey drone supplemented by echoed vocals and a slow, noisey rhythm (MP3). The track by Ã¼av works in bell tones and kettle-style drums and otherworldly halos of sound (MP3). And a piece by ccu is more fragile and closely mic’d than the other two, a mix of taut ringing sounds (perhaps from a kalimna) and rough surface texture (MP3). All three, especially when heard with Prebble’s photograph in mind, suggest rituals at dawn or dusk. There’s further discussion in the post’s comments section.