Words, sounds and pictures by Kate Carr

Category: Thai residency

Overheard in Doi Saket – out on 3Leaves now.

It has been quite a while since I’ve been in Thailand, and I must admit living in Belfast makes the country feel very far away, but I’ve turned all the recordings I took over there into an album called Overheard in Doi Saket, which the 3Leaves label based in Hungary have very kindly released for me.
The album really is all about listening in a new place, stabs of music through the undergrowth, guitar caught between the roar of scooter traffic, insects, the fish of the dam, dogs, birds and of course the sounds of people. It is based a lot more on field recordings that my other releases, or perhaps it is more accurate to say it has fewer instrumental sounds, and I’m sure I will always like it because it will remind me of a very special place, and a pretty full on time just before I packed up everything and moved from Australia to Belfast.

You can get a copy of it here
And an excerpt from the album is below:

While I was in Thailand I also made a sound map of Doi Saket, which is something of an accompaniment to this release, which can be found here:


Ant Nest At The Crematorium

Sometimes in Thailand bodies are burnt outside, there were a few sites near where I lived which were set up for this and basically just consisted of a few concrete seats and a concrete slab for the coffin. I did a bit of recording at one of them, which was just slashed out of the surrounding bushland.

Lost in Doi Saket – A Soundmap

It is a few months since I’ve been back from Thailand and my soundmap from my residency there is now complete, thanks to the amazing help of my friend Tim Plaisted.

Thailand Sound Map!

This is a screen shot of the map, but you can find it here.
There are about 60 recordings in the map, and you just click to play them.

Here is my artist statement on the whole experience:

Lost in Doi Saket – a sound map

I’ve never been a driver and have a hopeless sense of direction, so deciding to rent a scooter for my month in Doi Saket was always going to be risky. Nor did things start well at the rental place. Before I had even managed to ride a metre with my feet off the ground the owner had declared me ready to go and pushed me out the door. Almost immediately I was lost and so began my 600 kilometre recording tour of the region. At its heart my soundmap is about the process of weaving an emotional landscape from a physical spaces. It explores the way fragile and fleeting moments like a teen listening to love songs on the shores of a lake, or a joyful burst of backyard dancing slowly sink into an area, shaping it in the same slow way that walking along a similar route every day will eventually create a path. Lost in Doi Saket is about the different ways people leave a mark on the places they inhabit and visit. The way a community wears the land around them, and the way this process changes them too. The piece isn’t intended as an collection of observations, it isn’t simply about things I heard or saw, it is also about the things I did here — the different ways I tried to explore, understand, participate and listen to Doi Saket. It’s about the little things like struggling to buy cigarettes, and big things like realising I was very ignorant about Thailand. It’s about the beautiful, haphazard and confusing process of getting to know and like new people, and new places and catching yourself totally lost in a moment. It is a record of the tiny ways I shaped Doi Saket during my time here, and the far bigger mark my visit left on me.

Kate Carr, Doi Saket, Thailand.

Thanks to: Helen Michaelsen, Pisithpong Siraphisut, Rees Archibald, Tim Plaisted and Tanya Serisier.

The flight of Nyeim and Monkorn to their new home in Bangkok

When I left Thailand I flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok with two stray dogs called Nyeim and Monkorn, to take them to their new home. I certainly can’t claim any credit for this happy state of affairs, but it was a very sweet way to end my time there, and I accidentally recorded the whole experience from arriving outside the airport to checking the dogs in.

Mae Kuang


Hungry dogs of Thailand

I spent lots of time feeding dogs in Thailand. This sweet dog was one of them.



Nightfall down near the lake


Temple ceremony

Calf, Doi Saket