Tag Archives: Cave Tunes

Where The Falls Never Rain

For years the National Speleological Society has hosted a Cave Ballad Salon wherein spelunkers enter cave-themed songs that they’ve penned into a compeition that is judged by their peers and associates. The results of these musical interpretations of the caving life are then announced at the NSS’s national convention. While rummaging through an antique store in recent months, Mason Brown excavated a vinyl LP that had collected the entries from the 1972 Cave Ballad Competition. Given that Read more [...]

If the Droplet is a Chisel then the Pool it Plummets into is a Drum

While the cave environments we’ve so far explored can sometimes seem almost unnaturally soundless, the ambient soundscape is actually replete with riches for the ears if only you attune yourself to it. In this piece of documentary sound art David Mastysiak investigates the sonic qualities of dripping water, sounds that represent the aural residue of the processes that sculpt and mold cave morphology over time. Composed of manipulated field recordings and sounds pilfered from the nether Read more [...]

Brushes Forged with Light

In this sound collage Devin Brown recalls an excursion with John Paul Floyd to make fine art photographs in Petty John's Cave. In addition to documentary audio taken during the venture this piece is also composed of recordings from Speleogen's music rehearsals and text prepared and read by Devin. Read more [...]

These Walls Resonate

John Paul Floyd documents our first ever subterranean improvisation. Devin Brown, Mason Brown, and David Matysiak play the roles of cave minstrels and our intrepid guide Jordan Mitchell stands off camera.

Cave Transmission 1

After harvesting the sounds we captured in the Jam Hole during The First Descent, Mason Brown and David Matysiak starting experimenting with this documentary audio at their home studio. The results are at turns totally delightful and unsettlingly sinister. Read more [...]

The First Descent

Excursion 1 / June 15, 2013 For our first excursion into the field we set virtually no agenda. We brought with us some portable audio recording devices, digital cameras, cell phones, and musical instruments, specifically a melodica and an mbira (thumb piano), that were small and durable enough to be lugged around inside the cave. In fact when trying to decide what to bring with us we nearly left the instruments behind, including them only reluctantly at the last minute at John Paul’s Read more [...]