I came up with the idea for this project when I was a tour guide at Raufarholshellir lava tube, fascinated by how people – some visitors that were on my tours – who can’t see, experience Iceland through their other senses.
It is, indeed, a picturesque place. In fact, the most beautiful on Earth. But there is so much more. Sounds. Textures. Smells.
So I thought: most people know what Iceland looks like. But how many people know what Iceland sounds like?
That made me decide to collect sounds and create an audio map of the island. The sound here is rich. However, I quickly realized that szum/niður – the noise is prevailing.
The beginning of sound collection coincided with the global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is why most of the places visited were empty. This void was thrilling, but it gave animals and nature space to finally speak, undisturbed and unpolluted.
This is work in progress. For the best experience I recommend listening to the sounds with headphones on.
I am MA of musicology, graduated at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and a graduate of the State General Art School in Zakopane in the violin class. I compose and produce electronic music. I presented my songs i.e. at the Warsaw Electronic Festival, on the compilation “Laptops make history – for future compilation”, in the live set for Radio BIS. As a violinist, I collaborated with electronic music producers in Poland and abroad.
I also write about music. I have been working as a music journalist since 2005, I have published, among others in Onet, Tygodnik Powszechny, Dziennik Polski, T-Mobile Music, the magazines Logo, Presto, LAIF and Miasto Kobiet. For 18 years I have been running my own websites / blogs devoted to world music and travel (etnosystem.pl) and electronic music (80bpm.net).
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org