The album of sounds that make people happy – and why its creator is giving it away

An artist from Scotland has made an album out of pleased sounds sent to him during lockdown from good friends around the world. Now, hes providing it away in exchange for pleased messages

In September 2020 Tommy Perman (above) contacted 50 good friends worldwide, asking to send him a noise that makes them delighted. Audio files started flowing into his inbox, from Australia, England, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Scotland and the US.

The noises he received were as diverse as individuals who sent them, but Perman observed some typical themes: birdsong; the squeaks, purrs, barks and snuffles of peoples pets; ambient sounds of nature, such as water pulling at pebbles on a beach; wacky sounds from the house, such as door squeaks and dishwasher bleeps; and the noises made in peoples preferred activities, including those from drawing and brewing cider.

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I created the idea for the task as an excuse to reach out to great deals of my friends and to focus on delighted things

” Like a great deal of people, I felt extremely separated and alone throughout the coronavirus crisis and Ive depended on social media to remain connected,” Perman told Positive News. “But social media can be a quite unfavorable space. I developed the idea for the task as an excuse to reach out to great deals of my good friends and to concentrate on pleased things.”

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” I often dealt with the music late into the night, discovering peace once I d lastly managed to get my kids to sleep. I definitely loved creating my own sonic worlds to explore– much like the young child– and sat for hours covered in reassuring layers of noise, warmed with blankets of reverb.”

The factors vary from toddlers to older adults. “Through their noises and messages, I was reminded of the different things sound and music can imply to us– a toddler intently exploring sounds of a xylophone with her papa, grown-ups revelling in losing themselves while making music,” described Perman.

You can buy the album by emailing a message about something that makes you delighted to [email protected]nteractions.space You will then get a download link.

With them, Perman– an artist and musician who lives in Kinross, Scotland– crafted a 20-track album, approximately 80 minutes of what he explains as gentle electronic and ambient music. He is now offering the album, Positive Interactions, away in exchange for delighted messages, which he plans to use in a future version of the task.

The Positive Interactions album cover

The stories behind the noises

Perman has actually likewise gathered the stories behind the noises on a site. A choice are listed below.

” This is the recording that sprang to mind when I read your email. Its my child playing my xylophone, this time in 2015. So, she was 13 months old. Funny to hear her not talking […] she hardly ever stops talking at present.”

— Jonnie, Stirling, Scotland

” The cow is a holy animal for some Hindu neighborhoods in India (and likewise the cause for a great deal of unrest and polarisation). This is a male singing as he brings around a richly embellished cow looking for alms (food and money typically). He came around our studio frequently and this was an extremely familiar sound prior to the pandemic. It is a noise I miss hearing these days.”

— Babitha, Bangalore, India

” I was out walking in the sunset the other night and heard something that I believed I d send on for your Positive Interactions […] standing under a tree in the dark, listening to the owls chat and hoot at the bells, made me really delighted undoubtedly.”

— Rose, Boroughbridge, England

” The cow is a holy animal for some Hindu neighborhoods in India (and likewise the cause for a lot of discontent and polarisation). He came around our studio typically and this was a very familiar sound prior to the pandemic. It is a sound I miss out on hearing these days.”

To learn more, check out positiveinteractions.space

” Like a lot of people, I felt very separated and alone throughout the coronavirus crisis and Ive relied on social media to remain linked,” Perman told Positive News. I came up with the idea for the project as a reason to reach out to lots of my good friends and to focus on pleased things.”

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