Tag Archives: Hang Drum

Maps of Possible Sequence

Allow me to set the scene. It is a lovely summer morning. June 2013.The Speleogen Team is making its first excursion to Petty John’s Cave. Three of the five would-be cavers have never been to Petty John’s, have never visited Pigeon Mountain or driven through the town of Lafayette. Three of the five have never before stepped foot inside a cave. When we arrive a group of cavers is already waiting to greet us in the parking area. The coincidence is quasi-providential. They have just emerged 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 [...]

The Cave You Fear to Enter

After our last excursion into Petty John’s Cave, a six hour long odyssey that culminated with us witnessing a majestic underground waterfall, the Speleogen Sound Team resolved to begin composing a musical score that could be mapped at least imaginatively upon the routes we followed, the sites we registered, and the obstacles we encountered. This video, shot and edited by David Matysiak, documents a recent rehearsal in our studio space where we experimented with tones, textures, and voicings Read more [...]