What's this year's hot summer jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan?
What does the central bazaar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan sound like?
What can you hear on the Mongolian steppe when there's no yurt for 10 miles?
The Silk Road in Stereo will be an audio exploration of Europe, Central Asia, and Mongolia, presented as a series of curated audio pieces.
This summer, we will be driving from the U.K. to Mongolia on the 2011 Mongol Rally. But rather than just drive 10,000 km and call it a day, we've decided to dedicate our trip along the ancient Silk Road to collecting the sounds of this diverse landscape and bringing them back home to share with all of you. As we travel across the massive Eurasian landmass, with it's incredible cultures, histories and peoples, we plan to capture as much of the soundscape as possible - from seeking out local pop music on CD-R and capturing off-air radio, to making field recordings of performances, bazaars, and daily life. The result will be a series of carefully curated audio works, including CD and downloadable music compilations, podcasts, and soundscapes, all of which will be presented on a dedicated website with accompanying imagery. New items will be added to the site for at least a year following the trip, which begins July 23, 2011!
We're looking to raise $2500 to cover the cost of the recording equipment and local music purchases, as well as help us pay for the part of the cost of the tiny car we'll be driving.
If you are a musician, collector, or just a lover of music, and are in one of the countries we will be passing through (or know people who are), we'd love to hear from you! Please send us a message!
- (90 days)