was doing a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, experimenting
with some various technologies, and I created what became my first
audio walk. It didn’t have very good instructions
and the quality of my mixing was terrible since it was mixed on
a 4-track cassette deck, but the work really inspired me and changed
my thinking about art. Probably only 10 people heard it at the
time, but it was the prototype for all the walks that followed.
When I listen to it now, I can appreciate the freshness and looseness,
even with all of the bad editing.
Janet Go towards the brownish
green garbage can. Then there’s a trail off to your right. Take
the trail, it’s overgrown a bit. There’s an eaten-out dead
tree. Looks like ants.
sfx of footsteps then stopping then hand brushing tree bark. walking
up the path. I haven’t been in this forest for a long time ...
good to get away from the centre, from the building noises, to idyllic
nature. Ok, there’s a fork in the path, take the trail to the
sfx of walking, stopping, bending down.
Janet There’s some paint
on the stone, looks like … maybe its … no it is paint. I wonder
what it’s doing there. Some artist painting the sunset I guess.
sfx of walking again,sfx crows loud, train horn in background.
Janet It’s so beautiful in
the forest at night … it’s kind of spooky though.
Jvox prerecorded I
just want to be with you.
Man’s voice It’s so beautiful in the forest at
night ... it’s kind
of spooky though.
Jvox We’ve had wonderful times.
Man’s voice It’s
my fucked personality, blame it on me.