A new arrival to the city that never sleeps – this installment of 60 Minute Cities encapsulates my first sonic impressions of the seemingly infinite surroundings of New York City. The recordings may display a bit of the culture shock and sensory overload I am currently experiencing. In the midst of the chaos, my trusty Tascam DR-07 is usually by my side, documenting the scenes and people I encounter and allowing me to share them with others. The album is designed with a circular storyline, beginning and ending as most of my daily journeys do at the Broadway Junction. Ideal to be listened to in one sitting, tracks are sequenced to provide a specific, linear journey with an emphasis on interesting transitions that display the diversity of sound sources within NYC. The recordings mostly feature locations that are personal to my daily habits and surroundings (East New York, Williamsburg) with a few more iconic areas mixed in to provide a broader perspective on the city (Central Park, Coney Island).
All Sounds recorded by R.J. Stefanski between October-December 2016 – no post production work has been done to these recordings. Listen loudly on good headphones and enjoy.
Stefanski is a Brooklyn based sound artist from Detroit, MI with a specialty in ambient DJ sets, mixtape production, and field recording. He has been slowly and steadily releasing original albums, EPs, and soundscapes of all forms since 2011, and most recently curated the chill out room for Norway Detroit’s infamous rave Bak Dor. 2016 saw the release of his second album length collage of all original field recordings (“Selected Field Recording Works 2013-16″) and a few new additions to his growing collection of thunderstorms on Soundcloud (an older rain recording boasts nearly 300,000 plays). After documenting the Detroit area extensively over the last few years, he now sets his ears and microphones on NYC- this volume of 60 Minute Cities marks the debut of this new material.