Fifteen minutes of binaural audio recorded wherever I may be at 09:45am.
Best listened to with headphones.
Season 01 & 02: daily from April 15, 2019
Season 03: Dec 2-Dec 10
By Craig Mod. More info at: https://craigmod.com
Post Man + Noon Chimes
May 20, 2021, Day 10 of the walk — Furusato Onsen to Owase — Stopped in a random person's garage for a break from the rain and sip of coffee and thought, huh, nice place to plop the camera down. No sooner as I did than THINGS STARTED TO HAPPEN. Be careful, loud announcement towards the end.
May 19, 2021, Day 09 of the walk — Ise Kashiwazaki to Furusato Onsen — My favorite abandoned love hotel alone the Ise-ji: WHITE HOUSE. Abandoned for at least two years, definitely more. Let's sit outside it in the pouring rain and listen to the frogs croak like mad and the tractor trailer blast by behind me and admire the gorgeous decay of the once obviously spectacular WHITE HOUSE.
Marutanbo Roadside Diner
May 18, 2021, Day 08 of the walk — Misedani to Kii Kashiwazaki — Lunch at Marutanbo, 34 year old Japanese-style western food. Come sit for a few minutes with me while nothing exciting happens.
May 18, 2021, Day 08 of the walk — Misedani to Kii Kashiwazaki — Takihara shrine was empty. I walked around for forty minutes in total silence. I set up to film and then … a priest. Doing nothing exciting at all (just collecting the offering coins).
Quiet Train Crossings
May 17, 2021, Day 06 of the walk — Okajimaya to Misedani — At two points near Kawazoe, railroad crossings, absolutely nothing going on — the local trains run few and far between in the afternoon with an occasional express barreling through — mainly just crows and mist.
May 16, 2021, Day 06 of the walk — Meki Pass to Okajimaya — Behind Yanagiharakannonsenpuku Temple under the eaves in the rain, looking down at the Miya River, birdsong, passing mist, nothing exciting at all.
Sound of Place
How often do we stand in one place, just listening? Not often enough, is my takeaway from this series of in situ, non-scripted binaural recordings taken from Craig Mod’s trek along Japan’s Nakasendo road. We’re only five episodes in and I already have two favorites on heavy rotation: episode one, for a little forest meditation (with a serendipitous ending), and episode four, for that “cafe background noise” vibe. Can’t wait to hear what comes next.