Crimea-based musician Kir Belevich also goes by the name deepsweet, and he has a site, titled Meditations in Sound (housed at around.soulshine.in), where he collects documents of the world around him. Some of these documents are visual, and the remainder are aural. The elegance of the site’s subtitle, “fieldrecording and phonography,” emphasizes a parallel that deserves more attention (a parallel that becomes even more apparent when one swaps out “field recording” and swaps in the gaining-in-favor term “phonography”).
As Belevich ventures from pure real-world recordings of soundscapes to edited ones, the parallel gets even more interesting. The manipulation of documentary visual imagery — with filters, and cropping, and color adjustment — is an understood part of photography. In sound, however, editing and post-production lends a more commonly perceived layer of artifice. Hence a track like Belevich’s “Crimea Sound Collage,” for all its familiar noises of cars and so forth, will be most memorable for the distorted speech that is heard at times.
Track originally posted for free download and streaming at soundcloud.com/deepsweet. Photo of Belevich’s gear, shown above, from an unrelated post at around.soulshine.in. Earlier Disquiet coverage of Belevich/deepsweet: “The Sound of Airports, Planes, Trains & Train Stations.”