08 December, 2011
Urban Exploration: Not necessarily how to....Music.
I had been thinking about this when a discussion online with another Urbex aficionado prompted me to post this topic. Music has played a part in the Urban Exploration hobby for me ever since my start in the hobby all those years ago (26 or so!). One could call all it mood music, or a soundtrack. What I listen to before an explore and especially after, when I am processing the photos can direct the mood of the photos. Certain buildings have a certain presence that i try to capture in the image. Foreboding, loneliness, defiance, whatever. There is a sound that matches what I am trying to capture. I first used this technique when I was painting. I let the music move me in one direction or another.
Abandoned churches lean towards Sons Of Perdition or Those Poor Bastards. A factory might make me listen to old industrial or EBM bands like Nitzer Ebb or Nine Inch Nails. A summertime explore on a sunny, hot and hazy afternoon screams R.E.M. or Uncle Tupelo to me. I let the site and the weather dictate what I listen to.
When safe back at home. I let the music help me recapture the mood to facilitate processing and get the right feel in color and texture.
I never, ever listen to music when on a site however. You will often hear someone else before you see them. Hearing is essential to keep from being caught in a bad situation.
Here is a list of some of the music I listen to:
Dead Can Dance
Those Poor Bastards
Hank Williams III
Sons Of Perdition
R.E.M. (especially older stuff)
Nine Inch Nails (older stuff)