This is the second room tone recording done during a stay at Dagali Hotel. This recording is done at the bath room. Compared to the other recording the ventilation fan is louder, and the filtering of the noise seems to indicate that this is a smaller room. I’m leaving the hotel room within the first 20 seconds. At 3’40" someone can be heard entering a neighbooring room.
When traveling I try to do this kind of recordings if I have the equipoment with me and the time required. Room tone recordings have been useful in several artistic projects.
I first got interested in room tones when I collaborated with the Swedish artist Anna Wignell on a site specific installation for the about-to-be abandoned IKEA store in Bergen in 2012. Raw and processed room tones formed the basis for sound design and composition in this installation. The majority of the sound sources originated from sound effects libraries; off-the shelf collections of generic stock sound recordings intended for use in sound design for film, stage or gaming.
I first came to room tones from a conceptual pespective, but I got captured by their haunting emotional qualities. As we disasssembled the installation, I made my own ambisonic room tone recordings of the now abandoned IKEA store, and since then I have continued to make such recordings. Some of these recordings were recently used in one of the scenes of the stage and performance production Blind Spot: Staring down the void. There they served to create empty and void sonic backgrounds for some rather bleak conversations between three puppets.