Desert Improvisation Experiments – Day 5

For our last day we decided to get up before the sun, hike in, and record dance and flute alone without the projections and sound manipulations. It was a beautiful way to end our wonderful time in a magical place.

We also captured some “singing sand” sounds by causing small avalanches to happen while walking down a soft steep dune. This is an interesting effect that happens in this desert where sand particles rub against each other and resonate at audible frequencies producing trombone like sounds:

Starting out:

Kiori hiking up with the setting moon (that’s not the sun!):

Pre, during, and post-recording, the sun is up!

Sunrise and moonset at the same time:
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Dune texture:
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Desert Improvisation Experiments – Day 4

We returned to the Day 3 location. We were satisfied with the setup and wanted to explore further. The wind was stronger, but we persisted. We decided we wanted to experiment with some other visuals to see what we like.


After trying out many different projected visuals we found ourselves attracted more to projecting the code, oddly enough. The water visuals were also nice, but without a brighter projector and a more deeply adequate low-light camera, we weren’t able to capture those images so well. We realized that we’re starting to reach the limits of what we can do with the equipment we brought on this trip.


Lat/Lon: 23°00’36.5″N 53°45’39.6″E

Wind speed: ~21 kph