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乌得勒支

 

 

 

这10个录音都是2017年1月期间录制的,每个录音6分钟。我受Bivouac Recordings邀请,用声音刻画我的城市,这个我从出生开始就一直生活的城市。

这里是乌特勒支,位于荷兰正中心。它位于国家相对狭长的领土上,几乎所有东西走向的交通都会经过这里。在中世纪时期,这里是乌特勒支主教的所在地,也是这个区域最大最有力量的城市。当时阿姆斯特丹时代还没有到来。


乌特勒支有个大学,拥有近400年历史,校园里有一座1295年开始修建的哥特教堂。罗马人修建这座教堂作为莱茵河畔的堡垒,守卫着帝国北方的边界。现在这里仍然可以感受到欧洲中世纪的风采,很多早期音乐合奏团和节日都展现着那个时代的气息。如果想要感受荷兰的黄金时代,就去阿姆斯特丹吧。但是想要感受中世纪的荷兰,就来这里。


在这个纬度上,1月是隆冬。这个节气也塑造了城市的声音景观。我本可以带你去Amelisweerd,一个旧庄园附近的草木丛生的地方。乌特勒支人都知道Amelisweerd是个安静和逃离的地方。夏天,这里处处是鸟鸣和树叶的窸窣声,骑行者穿行其间。而冬天,这些声音都消失不见,只能听见附近车辆在A27高速公路呼啸而过的声音。这条公路连接了东西向的交通。


是不是冬天就没有有趣的声音了呢?当然不是!冬天的声音景观和夏天是不一样,但同样美好,值得一探究竟。街道上充满着车辆的低音呼啸,城市处处充斥着拥堵的交通。在城市中心,有狭窄、中世纪的街道声、自行车经过的声音,还有机器撞击砖石路的声音。在这里,你几乎可以听到一座建筑的形状。乌特勒支中央火车站是国家的中心港湾,经常可以听到火车咔哒咔哒的声音。在城市中心还可以听见自然的声音,你只需要起个早床就可以了。让我带你游览一番这个了不起的中世纪城市吧。我在这里生活了6年,仍然非常热爱这里。让我带你聆听这里冬天的音景吧,那透露着美好的工业气息,引人共鸣的音景。让我领你感受一把。谁知道呢,冬天结束的时候,我可能也会将夏天的音景带给你。


这10个录音都是双声道制作。推荐使用耳机聆听。

 

These 10 recordings were all made during a few days in January 2017. I was asked by Bivouac Recordings to draw a portrait of my city, the place where I spend my everyday life, in 10 recordings of six minutes each.

 

That city is Utrecht, at the exact centre of the Netherlands. Being positioned at a relatively narrow stretch of the country, almost all traffic from East to West and back passes through here. In the middle ages, this was the seat of the Bishop of Utrecht, and the largest and most powerful city in the area. Amsterdam’s time was yet to come.

Utrecht has a university that’s nearly 400 years old, and a gothic church that was built starting in 1295. It was established as a fortress along the Rhine by the Romans. This was the Northern border of their empire. Part of the European middle ages are still felt here, a feeling that’s expressed in the presence of many early music ensembles and festivals. For the feel of the Dutch Golden Age, go to Amsterdam. For the feel of the medieval Netherlands, come here.

At this latitude, January is a deep winter month. This has an effect on the city soundscape. I could have taken you to the Amelisweerd, a forested area around an old estate. The Amelisweerd is well known among Utrechters as a place of quiet and refuge. In summer, one will hear birds, cyclists and the wind in the trees. In winter however, the birds will hardly sing, and the leafless trees are not heard. One will mostly hear the A27 freeway that runs past this area. All traffic from East to West…

Does that mean no interesting sounds can be found in winter? Hardly! The sonic landscape is different, but no less wonderful and worth studying. A low roar pervades the streets, courtesy of heavy traffic circling around the city. In the heart of the city, with it’s narrow, medieval streets, sounds of bicycles and machines bounce of the brick and stone walls. It’s a place where one can almost hear a building’s shape. Utrecht’s central railway station is the central hub for the whole country. The clattering of trains is heard throughout. And, as you will hear, nature is still found in the city center. One just has to get up a early to meet it.

Allow me to show you around my home, a marvelous medieval city which, after 6 years of living here, I’m still very much in love with. Allow me to show you it’s wonderfully industrial and echoey winter soundscape. Allow me to give you a taste of it’s feel. And who knows, when winter ends, I may show you it’s summer scape as well.

All 10 recordings have been made binaurally. Use of headphones is recommended.

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Harrold Roeland (生于1981年)是一名专业作曲人、声音艺术家、表演者和作家。他的作品主题主要围绕寂静、长时间的注意力持续时间以及对世界原本样子的体验。作为一个多乐器演奏家,他当下正和几个有才华的音乐人合作,在演奏中融入阿拉伯、印度和中世纪的影响元素。Harrol Roeland是Vlechtwerk Vocaal Ensemble合唱团的成员,还在Dutch Concertzender主持每周的广播节目。

 

Harrold Roeland (1981) is a trained composer, sound artist, performer and writer. His work deals with silence, long attention spans and experiencing the world as it is. A multi-instrumentalist, he currently works with several talented musicians, bringing Arabic, Indian and Medieval influences into play. Harrold Roeland is a member of Vlechtwerk Vocaal Ensemble, and hosts a weekly radio show at Dutch Concertzender.

 

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