Interior-Exterior Spaces Along Tram line 1 (Scheveningen-Delft) Colin Frank

This study focuses on the discontinuity between a tram’s inside verses the outdoor space it traverses. The interior of a tram contrasts with the landscape it passes through: inside people are stationary and passive, encapsulated by the squealing, rattling, and heat of the machinery; while the exterior world exists primarily as images for the traveller, bearing little if any visceral connection, and providing a continuous stream of varying spaces. I attempted to emphasize this relationship by studying a selection of stops along The Hague’s tram #1 line. As I travelled from Scheveningen to Delft I would hop off the tram, record the area within walking distance, then catch the next tram 10 minutes later. The collected recordings were then edited in an attempt to juxtapose the sounds at each stop against an amplified image of the tram’s interior. To ensure the montage emulates the line’s length, I spliced the sound files together proportional to the total distance, and condensed the one hour ride into 6 minutes of audio.

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Genre: Radio art
  • Hardware used: binaural microphones, zoom handheld recorder, and contact microphones.
  • Software used: Primarily editing in Logic 9
  • Duration of the submitted work: 6:10
  • Production: University
  • Disc publication: The composition was incorporated as part of a radio broadcast on Resonance FM, London at 23:00 (local time), Sunday December 20th, 2015 104.4 FM or streaming from resonancefm.com The entire radio play (50 minutes) is forever accessible online, but this composition has no binding contract to the website.

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