Voting for Barack Obama in 2008 || Phonography Album ||
In 2008, a weird candidate for president named Barack Obama swooned the hearts & minds of people in these United States. Remember that? Yeah, that.
So anyway, quick story about me: That same month (October '08) was when I began recording sound on movie sets. As I was walking home from my first sound gig, I bumped into a van of scraggly Democrats parked by the university library. This lanky goofy guy coerced me to jump into a van with a bunch of strangers to go vote. He said it'd take less than an hour & we'd be shuttled right back to the library. Figured it'd save me money on gas so I went along.
By coincidence, I was really into an experimental form of audio-art at the time called PHONOGRAPHY. Phonography is, in short, like a movie that you edit out of raw documentary audio... but there's no accompanying motion pictures. It's just the audio. You go out, record some weird stuff with a mic, then edit it into a montage-like dreamscape and slap a title on it. One of my favorite phonographic albums is Christopher DeLaurenti's "Intermissions — Music Before & Between Beethoven, Stravinski, Holst." You get the idea.
Anyway, since I had my sound gear on me I flicked on the record button, and sneakily stuck my shotgun microphone out of my bookbag to capture the ambiance of what it was like being shuttled to the voting location; the conversations people were having in the van at the time about Obama/ McCain/ America/ etc; and then when I arrived at the voting center, I just continued recording people talking & waiting in line to vote; people trying to petition you to vote for certain things; and then snuck the microphone into the voting booth and recorded what it was like voting for Barack Obama in 2008.
Hey! The sign said, "No photography" ... It didn't say anything about phonography 😉