Two Listening Positions
Recorded the night of November 23, 2015
Forêt Domaniale de Verdun, France
2 channel sound
It is recommended to listen to this recording as loud as possible.
Recording assistance: Eve Demaux
During a wind storm, two omni-directional microphones were placed approximately 50' apart in the zone where some of the fiercest fighting took place during the World War One Battle of Verdun (February 21 - December 18, 1916). This distance represents some of the shortest distances between the French and German trenches.
The recording is an anomaly in terms of stereo recording, which typically employs techniques to accurately represent the human hearing system. Here however, there is no regard given to accurately reproducing this system and instead the microphones are placed to represent physical geographic points of two belligerents of the First World War and their closest bunkered proximities.
Merci: Mono-Mono (François Martig, Émilie Roi, Eve Demaux), the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for financial support of this project. Special thank you to Eve Demaux for recording assistance and all around good company.