As part of a sound experiment that I had to devise for a class called “Looking into Music,” I decided to work with a very simple mechanic of layering sound. I specifically chose one of the more emotional songs I had listened to obsessively in my teenage years, and which had meant a lot more to me at the time. I would play it on my computer, record it with my iPad, upload that to my computer, play that, record that on my iPad and keep repeating until I had lost all sense of what the music originally was. In its final form, you can only hear a vague ringing in place of the original music, and a lot more ambient sound such as typing and traffic – time burying a memory.
I converted the clip to a video because it’s easier to upload to WordPress. It’s also very soft, so you have to turn your volume right up in order to hear it. Below is the clip, and below that is a video of the original song and its lyrics. So you don’t have to scroll all the way down if you would rather not know what the original song is.
You Could Be Happy
But you weren’t happy the day I watched you goAnd all the things that I wished I had not said
Are played in loops ’till it’s madness in my headIs it too late to remind you how we were
But not our last days of silence, screaming, blur
Most of what I remember makes me sure
I should have stopped you from walking out the door
You could be happy, I hope you are
You made me happier than I’d been by far
Somehow everything I own smells of you
And for the tiniest moment it’s all not true
Do the things that you always wanted to
Without me there to hold you back, don’t think, just do
More than anything I want to see you, girl
Take a glorious bite out of the whole world