Soap
DAVID PRESCOTT-STEED
IHab067

This recording was made towards the end of 2012 in Melbourne, Australia, during a solitary
treasure hunt for sounds. Following my ears, I had ended up standing in front of a locked
and alarmed factory door. Crouching on a cold concrete slab, I had held my PCM-D50 in
the small gap between the door’s base and its step in order to capture the cacophonic,
mechanical soundscape coming from somewhere on the other side, out of sight. During
the recording, I had been completely unaware that the machines belonged to Symex - then
the Asia Pacific’s largest producer of Oleo products, as well as glycerine, stearine and
distilled fatty acid (these are typically made using raw local materials for the pre-production
of soap and other surfactants). Only later did a friend explain that what I’d found so aesthetically pleasing had likely been the sounds of grinding animal bones and bits. At this point, the alluring became the abject and I started to think about the ethics of listening. It also prompted me to use less soap, but that’s another story.
-David Prescott-Steed

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©2013 David Prescott-Steed
©2013 David Vélez
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©2013 Impulsive Habitat

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