It sounds like I am making a big thing of such an insignificant decision that barely affects any other person than me.
Every since I started to think of field recording as a way to truly slow down, as a way to respond to capitalism to some instance (or the act of listening itself, like the musician Carlos Ferreira said, being an anti-capitalist act), I started to form conflicting feelings regarding using a social media platform that relies and profits mostly on the appealing visuals of standardized beauty patterns and consequent ads of products for it, by means of engaging users to the point of addiction, like I felt myself sometimes.
Although I never use it much more than to promote work and work related ideas, besides getting news from other artists and friends, this was simply a world I didn’t want to take part in any more. How I was following over 1000 people seems shallow taken that I don’t know most of them or don’t know their work and it’s a lot to navigate in. Perhaps I can make my world a little smaller in numbers but with meaningful connections. In times when it’s more than urgent to form community and change consumption habits, when we need to think, truly connect and mostly to listen, I don’t feel like IG fits me any more or that I am doing anyone a service by keeping an account.
Along with this decision, I started to write down my friends’ important events, I am reading more, I have less mechanical urge to reach for tapping and scroll, which is making me feel a bit calmer if I analyse myself a bit.
And well, I find myself in Stockholm for the time being, visiting friends, dreading the traffic noise outside compared to my place in the countryside in Portugal, but loving how an apartment with a room-mate sounds like, with all the stories and thoughts exchanged in here. Happily busy with earth.fm and a horror audio drama (I know!). I will return to edit 2021’s field recordings during next Spring. I’ve recorded around my area in the countryside, the Greater Vale do Côa (we will need to talk about this sometime) and Orléans, France. This year also has also seen or created a big shift in the ways I record and am in place. We will also talk about this.
Hugs to all!