Open your ears – Memories of summer

We photograph the world and our experiences, we shape them into words, but we don’t listen to them. And yet, hearing is one sense we cannot fully block out (not unless we go to great length). It’s there, passive most of the time, and I want to change that.

I listen. And I want you to listen too.

So I created, Open your ears, a series of simple videos: a minute long, basic editing, and sound.

One video at a time, one minute at a time, I want you to pause, open your ears, and listen.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday. I share them on the blog the following day. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be the first to listen.

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Album – Passage – A cycle journey through Spain and Portugal

In March 2016 I left my home in the UK to cycle in Portugal. My panniers were full of camping gear, road essentials, and microphones. From the beginning of the trip I knew I was going to record a lot of sounds. I had no idea what I would produce out of those sounds. I imagined simply sharing the files, creating a sound map, maybe integrating them in a story in words. But never did I think, I would create an album.

When I came back home in July 2016, I was at a loss of what to do with all of my material. I wanted to share my story but I didn’t know how. Writing about it felt trivial. There was (and still is) nothing exceptional about what I did. I pedalled a lot of miles, slowly, and with a lot of breaks, in Spain and Portugal. I am one among hundreds of others.

Sharing the sounds as they were felt not enough. There was so much material, so many stories behind each sound. I wanted to give them more meaning, a way back into the world that was more than a dump of files on SoundCloud.

I struggled and beat myself up for not doing anything. Times was ticking on. I’d been on my journey, it was now time to share. But a friend reminded me that no, I didn’t need to share my story immediately. In a world that seemed dominated by the speed of social media and instant gratification, I forgot, I didn’t need to share straight away. I was allowed time to digest, time to forget and move on, time to come back to my memories. So I did.

I went on living life, creating a new home for myself, exploring new areas, building new friendships and stories. Until July 2017.

Out of the blue, Thaniel from Humanhood Recordings got in touch. His first message had nothing to do with creating an album but soon the conversation veered that way and I saw an opportunity, the possibility to find a home for my field recordings.

So I got to work. Evenings and commute time often taken by thoughts and questions about the album, days off spent staring at the audio editing software, moving files here and there, altering them, deleting everything, and starting all over again. Until late November. The album took shape, became as ready as I could get it, and it was time to release it into the world.

As I worked on the sounds, my sister worked on the booklet, and the album was complete. Get the booklet for free here.

There are no words in the album, albeit the ones from passer bys and friends from the road. The sounds are the story. But if you want something less metaphorical, the video below sums up four months in five minutes. All the photos can be found on Flickr. And if you want specific stories, you’ll just have to get in touch and ask.

Listen and buy the album here.*

*If the cost of the album really is a barrier, let me know. But before you get in touch, consider that your money will help a small label and me get more content like this in the future.

Introducing Queer Out Here

What is it?

Back in September, my friend Jonathan and I, launched Queer Out Here – an audio zine that explores the outdoors from queer perspectives.

Frustrated at not being able to find media focusing on queer people’s experiences of the outdoors, we decided to create our own and launched a call for submissions.

What is an audio zine?

A zine is traditionally a way of publishing content or ideas that otherwise might not get coverage in mainstream media. Anyone with some spare time, a pair of scissors, and access to a photocopier could create their own magazine (a.ka. zine).

We could have gone down that route, but being audio nerds, we selected sound as our medium. And while both being queer, we don’t want Queer Out Here to be about us. There are many more stories out there than we can share from our lives. So we’re asking you to help us create an audio journal of sort.

We need your stories, essays, interviews, reviews and creative stuff of all kinds for the zine to happen.

Issue 00


While waiting for submissions to arrive, Jonathan and I interviewed each other, creating issue 00 in the process. We wanted to introduce ourselves but also give you a taste of ideas and themes to explore for your submissions.

A part of me was a bit daunted at doing the interview. I’m not the best at those kind of exercises, my verbal answers often feeling like a nonsensical blur. But for this interview, we were never in the same place. We would e-mail audio files back and forth, giving us time to reflect about the questions and ponder about our answers. So when I did pick up the microphone, it turned into an exercise in self-reflection. I could stumble and hesitate, I could make no sense, and I could even change my mind. It didn’t matter as it could all be edited in a coherent answer at the end of the process.

I began to cherish the moment Jonathan would send me a question, thinking it over during my commute to work, before finally finding a corner outside and record my thoughts without any pressure of outside onlookers. And after a few weeks of back and forth and editing, you can listen to the result here.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Does being queer affect your experience of being outdoors?
  • How is your creativity influenced by being outdoors?
  • What do you love about field recordings?
  • What kinds of outdoor places are you drawn to?

We need you

If you want to be able to listen to more issues, we need your submissions. So be sure to like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website for all the information you need. We’re always there to help you if you’re not sure what to do or how to proceed. Submissions close on the 2nd of January 2018.

But for now, enjoy issue 00 and be sure to let us know what you think of it.

Open your ears – English seaside

We photograph the world and our experiences, we shape them into words, but we don’t listen to them. And yet, hearing is one sense we cannot fully block out (not unless we go to great length). It’s there, passive most of the time, and I want to change that.

I listen. And I want you to listen too.

So I created, Open your ears, a series of simple videos: a minute long, basic editing, and sound.

One video at a time, one minute at a time, I want you to pause, open your ears, and listen.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday. I share them on the blog the following day. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be the first to listen.

Open your ears – Bonfire night

We photograph the world and our experiences, we shape them into words, but we don’t listen to them. And yet, hearing is one sense we cannot fully block out (not unless we go to great length). It’s there, passive most of the time, and I want to change that.

I listen. And I want you to listen too.

So I created, Open your ears, a series of simple videos: a minute long, basic editing, and sound.

One video at a time, one minute at a time, I want you to pause, open your ears, and listen.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday.

New videos go live on my YouTube channel every other Wednesday. I share them on the blog the following day. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be the first to listen.