Artist Brian House turned a year’s worth of location tracking into music, suggesting that our everyday patterns contain musical qualities.
For one year, artist Brian House diligently recorded his whereabouts using a location tracker app. At the end of that year, he took his 365 days of movement and turned it into an 11 minute musical composition set on vinyl. He called it Quotidian Record.
To create the musical path to accompany his physical movements, House assigned each site of his life – such as work, home, studio – a specific step in the musical scale, and then assigned each city a different key. He explains to Fast Co.Create:
The more common places were generally given more consonant harmonies, so throughout most of the piece you get a major third repeating, which is basically me sleeping at home. As I’m moving around more, it gets more complex.
The vinyl itself is marked with days, times and locations so that any listener can move the needle to a specific place to hear the musical manifestation of House’s life at that time. House hopes that the work can be appreciated not only as an art piece but as a listener might enjoy any other piece of music.
It is meant to be felt, just as you feel other music. The most surprising thing, really, is that the process actually results in something that is compelling.
Hear a sample from House’s year in the video below: