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Lawrence, Kansas

by Christian Williams

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Prelude 07:07
Rope 09:05
Iron Horse 07:48
Hydro 06:37


Six sound compositions made from field recordings that I collected near my home in Lawrence, Kansas. This is the first volume of my Sound Profiles series - an ongoing project where I document the soundscapes of the places I live and visit with a combination of unadulterated and digitally manipulated field recordings.

The concept of this album was to illustrate a spring day in my adopted hometown, and build a narrative around the sounds that compete for one's attention in this small, but vibrant city in the American Midwest.

- Prelude: Early morning thunderstorm (unadulterated field recording that ends with the fade-in of the next track, "Rope").
- Rope: Dying tornado siren (layered loops of varied pitch).
- All Clear, Wake Up: Ambient backyard noise in afternoon (unadulterated field recording layered behind loops and half-speed recording).
- Iron Horse: Idle locomotive at Lawrence Amtrak station (layered loops of varied speed).
- Hydro: Bowersock Dam on the Kansas River (sound collage of three different locations near the dam).
- Conversations: Backyard at night (unadulterated field recording).


released March 15, 2014

All sounds recorded with a Zoom H2N and/or Edirol R-09; mixed and manipulated with Audacity by Christian Williams in Lawrence, KS.




Christian Williams Lawrence

Christian Williams is a self-taught musician, experimental composer, and visual artist. His passion for expression has led him to dabble in a wide variety of music styles, ranging from dark acoustic folk music inspired by the American prairie to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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