Middle East PhoNographic Mornings #07/15
Each Morning of the World #10
Tripoli ~ Road from Beirut to Byblos ~ Baatara Waterfall ~ Baalbek ~ The Cedars of God ~ Lebanon
In March 2019 I travelled with 2 friends around Lebanon for 8 days. Making fieldrecordings is very much a solitary craft and being on holiday I did not want to ask my friends to wait and be silent whenever a situation occured that inspired me to make a recording. The better solution was to set the alarm and wake up early mornings to go out with my recording kit.
This piece is a collage of 5 differend morning takes.
Part 1 - Tripoli Al-Tell square- 41°02′15.39″N 28°59′47.17″E
At 6 in the morning the Al-Tel square in Tripoli is already bustling with coffee- and food vendors and a multitude of (Mercedes!) taxis.
Part 2 - Sea Side Road from Beirut to Byblos 34.0149° N, 35.6405° E
All cities along the coastline of Lebanon are connected with one highway that never seems to calm down. 24 hours of traffic a day.
Part 3 - Baatara Waterfall - 34°10.406′N 35°52.222′E
The powerfull rush of the majestic Baatara Waterfall
Part 4 - Baalbek Hotel Jammal - 34°0′22.81″N 36°12′26.36″E
The simple room in Hotel Jammal looking out over the Roman Baalbek temple complex is being heated by a noisy, primitive diesel oil stove.
Part 5 - The Cedars of God - 34°14′42″N 36°02′53″E
Higher up in the mountains near The Cedars of God the snow melts in the morning sun. Birds as well as a jet plane break the silence.
My name is Robert Kroos and I am a musician, sound designer working on film, animation and experimental music.