soundscape series finale: living on a houseboat, part two – the end.
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos, soundscapes, the houseboat July 4th, 2008 by piablog

well folks, this little sound project has been alot of fun. There is certainly something special about looking at still images and listening to sound, isn’t there? It’s quite different to watching a moving picture. While I’ve been making these posts, I’ve been thinking – how would this differ if I used a video camera? It just wouldn’t be the same. It has taken me back to my Uni days when I was studying time based art, although then my focus was making short films with the now vintage technology of 16mm, however I did experiment a little with still images in film-style sequences and I really enjoyed it – so here I am again it seems, rekindling an old flame.

If you have enjoyed this series do not fret, I will be back with more, albeit spontaneously, over the months to come – this week’s series was just a taste to see how you liked it & to see how it might work on the blog medium. And I think it is unanimous that we all love the idea, is that right? so I’ll be sure to keep it as a regular feature. I can think of so many wonderful soundscapes to capture – living in a foreign land, listening to foreign voices, befriending foreign water creatures… the creative possibilities are endless.

But today, on our series finale, I thought you might like to hear what life sounds like for me on the houseboat. While part one was a glimpse of life on the canal when it rains, this little piece captures the essence of my days here – I feel a bit like I am living on noah’s ark, except that instead of the animals living on the boat, they live around the boat and come to visit me regularly. Can you believe this is in the middle of a city? I cannot.

So come on in and follow me…


let’s open a window…


and have a listen. Enjoy…

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Thank you everyone for visiting. It is such a pleasure to share my creative endeavors with you on a daily basis. You have become my muse. Thanks to you, who knows what I shall create next…

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  1. nancy says

    lovely…ok, now i would live on the boat…Tu es chanceuse!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  2. Sarah says

    Thanks for these, I have lived in Amsterdam for 7 years and the city never stops delighting and intriguing me, I want to send your walks and sounds to all those who think it is all drugs and prostitutes!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  3. heidi says

    loving this series! Beautiful, brilliant, breathtaking.

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  4. Marie says

    Oh Pia, I thought I heard the beating of wings – that was incredible THANK YOU!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  5. trupeach says

    simply enchanting.

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  6. fizia says

    wow! I didn’t expect such a beautiful variety, almost like a tropical forest 🙂 Incredible, especially with this window picture, lives lots to imagine:)

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  7. Alexandra Hedberg says

    So soothing and beautiful. I recently discovered your blog. Unfortunately just two days before the closing of “my heart wanders” – a lovely project idea. The other day an insect had eaten a heart in a leave on a flower on my kitchen table – and I thought about you and your projects and blog.

    Keep up the good work!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  8. Miss Bebop says

    what wonderfull sounds!!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  9. Carol says

    Oh wow, that was just so beautiful. What a wonderful sound to listen to all day 🙂 I feel green with envy hahahha!!

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  10. Jeska says

    Oh these two were the perfect ending. You are so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful, I love the sound of falling rain.

    July 4th, 2008 | #

  11. josephine says

    omg, girl! i was going to ask you to do a “soundscape” of the sounds your hear on your houseboat. you’re totally reading my mind.

    July 5th, 2008 | #

  12. Laura Neulat says

    Thank YOU for sharing all those beautiful pictures! And give us more, please.

    July 5th, 2008 | #

  13. marie says

    oh i love these posts! merci for sharing a little bit of your day!

    July 5th, 2008 | #

  14. Annie says

    The house boat ones are my favorite so far, just lovely. I could listen all day :-), lucky you.

    July 6th, 2008 | #

  15. cindy k says

    these have been so wonderful. thank you!

    July 6th, 2008 | #

  16. Diana says

    Ah, sometimes I think we (I) tend to LOOK too much and LISTEN too little. But with this you’ve hit the balance! Its great Pia!

    July 6th, 2008 | #

  17. Kirsty says

    Thank you Pia.

    July 6th, 2008 | #

  18. Oksana says

    Hello Pia! This is wonderful !!! I love this project! Both the sounds and the photo’s are amazing! My fiance and I live in Groningen and have a dream to live in a houseboat. Your post makes me want to live in one even more! 🙂 Thank you!

    July 7th, 2008 | #

  19. stacy says

    this makes me want to live on a house boat.

    July 7th, 2008 | #

  20. Julia says

    thank you Pia, you’ve inspired me to blog some images and sounds from where I live in Brisbane. I always look forward to checking your blog. 🙂

    July 7th, 2008 | #

  21. heather says

    Pia, I stumbled upon your site through D*S awhile back. What a wonderful site it is. Thank you for sharing your creativity – you have put a smile on my face and a daydream in my mind…thank you very much. This was special and truly wonderful. I can’t wait to see what delightful ideas you will bless us with in the future.

    July 7th, 2008 | #

  22. Fifi Flowers says

    I could live on that houseboat… very lovely!
    Great photos!

    July 8th, 2008 | #

  23. .v says

    i have looked at these photos soo many times! your home is amazing and so beautiful! ox

    April 15th, 2009 | #

  24. +lynda says

    Pia I stumbled on your site when searching van Gogh’s “Water Rats”. What a wonderful opportunity – so different from country australia xx

    November 19th, 2011 | #

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