I decided that within the soundscape amongst all of the other sounds, I wanted to feature words spoken in an abstract way featured words that blurred the idea of the definite in terms of time and placement. "gone", "nowhere" "anymore" were key words that feature in the score. I chose to totally blur the idea of certainty as a direct reflection on how it feels to travel alone without a set destination. This came from writing experiments where I wrote a list of words that I associated with this feeling and wrote them down in multiple columns repeatedly on paper. I churned out 50 minutes of sound from samples of the different instruments I recorded:
Recorder, flute, voice, piano, meditation bowls, drumstick and cowbells
Using Premiere Pro to create a time signiture or a rhythm is really interesting because you can select a phrase and then replicate it an then add a clashing alternative instrument which then creates a poly-rhythmic experience as opposed to a predictable recurring structure. When I was editing the sounds together I considered all of the different layers of sound that occur on trains: for instance, the friction between the wheels and the tracks (and how often this changes) the moving bags, the amounts of conversations going on at one time. While I was making decisions about where to place the sounds next to each other I would assess the mood and how that related to my own thoughts about travel, whether it triggered a particular memory. I then would try and work out what it was in the sound that was the trigger, and I amplified this - maybe by repetition of a particular phrase or by adding a 3rd up/down layer to increase the volume of the sound.
Going through the process like this eventually led to making a series soundscapes that had a 2 or 3 main starting rhythms in them and developing them from that point. This allowed me to create miniture pieces that would eventually contribute to a more neutral, ambient tone.
Link to the tracks - These need further editting.