How do you incorporate slowness in your daily lives?
CR: Every day is rich with sound, you’re walking through it and responding to it. I love the sound of a train when it switches rails, people think it’s weird but I find it so beautiful. Over the last ten years, wherever I go I have my little recorder with me and I capture anything that sounds interesting. I went to a desert island in Thailand to record the pure waves there.
LJM: As a producer, you take for granted all of the outside noise. Working with Christin, and doing my own meditation practice, it’s like I’ve been in training to pay attention to it: I’m not an expert, but I noticed if I went for a walk after a 20-minute meditation session, the world, the trees would appear and sound different.
What would you like listeners to take away from the project with Toast?
LJM: Whatever a listener is doing or going through in their daily life, we want to encourage them to slow down and pay attention to things that we commonly take for granted. That’s also really staying authentic to what Toast is about as a brand.
CR: Because the soundscapes are based so exactly upon these clothes from Toast—the colors, fabrics and the feelings we had when we wore them, they can become an additional sense for someone to experience that item. We buy so much as consumers, but hopefully, our soundscapes will make it more special and bring us back to thinking, “What do I already have? What makes me feel good? How can I simplify my life to just the things that really matter to me?”
This interview was produced in partnership with Toast to mark the launch of Slow Sound.