mon, August 27, 2001
I created a special page
for single fridges somewhere in the world. If you like to donate
your fridge please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions on how to donate a fridge can also be read here
About the project
This site is all about time.
A fridge is timeless.
It hums always the same as it could have hummed yesterday or will
Walking around in a city I encounter many different things going
A street is defined by time. Birds are singing, or it is
raining, a car or pedestrian is passing, someone is playing music,
a house is being demolished ... things rarely happen twice.
Fridges is listening to the interior, streets to the exterior.
It's as opening and closing a door or window to an interior or
exterior world. You can open or close those doors by clicking
the squares in the the pages on this site
About the site
A ( city ) map is divided in 16 equal squares. In each of them
I make a 1 minute recording of the sound of a refrigerator. Also a 1 minute sound-picture is made in the front of the house where the refridgerator was recorded .
This site is build with those recordings. By clicking the squares
on the maps you can hear the sound of the refrigerators or the
streets associated with the location of the fridge.
Its my intention to have this project growing. Soon Abcoude (
close to Amsterdam ) will be added. I have contacts to create
Berlin, Paris and Antwerp.
I am always interested if someone likes the idea and will have
her/his city added to the list. I am looking forward to support
if someone is interested in recording 16 fridges & 16 streets.
You can contact me at email@example.com.
Sometimes a sonic sculpture
is build with these sounds. 16 speakers plays the recordings by
The combination of the sounds by coincidence where determined
by the monotone humming of the refrigerators as a drone and the
sound images of the streets as snapshots of a moment in time.
Also 4 answering machines are
added. People are asked to call one of them and tell what they
have in their fridge and what they see in their street.
Here you can hear a random selection
of those messages.
How to add your fridge & street ?
Also a mix in streaming
audio is available.
First of all you have to make two recordings. You need a microphone
and something to record. You can use a cassette or tape-recorder,
a minidisk, dat ... .
1. Put the microphone at the back of your fridge close to the
engine and make a clean 1 minute recording of it working. If it
doesn't work open the door and wait until it starts. Can you also
send me a note about the fridge: the brand, type, ... age ?
2. Go in your street and listen very careful. Try to hear what
is specific. Go close to it and make your recording.
Now you can do 2 things.
You can send this recording by post,
Lodewijk Gerritslaan 17
or you can send it by e-mail. Please contact me first
if you like to do it this way at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can find the best way to do it.