Danny Hahn – Writer

Danny spent much of his life in the Alpine valleys of Switzerland and the mountainous hinterland of Ceredigion in Wales. After training as a violinist and studying film, he worked for a long period as a film composer, sound designer and university lecturer, while often collaborating with his father Professor Detlef Hahn in writing and recording projects. He published his first story The Noon Bell in 2016, and his essay Quiet Cinema shortly after. He has since been writing books on dreams, memory, cinema, music, philosophy and art, as well as a collection of short stories. Cultivating his style and ideas on the hidden qualities of aesthetic phenomena, Danny’s works explore the submerged, the forgotten, and the intangible in his phenomenology of impressions. He is currently working on a collection of reflections and aphorisms entitled Hidden Layers while completing his novella entitled The Deformed Visitor.

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Recent journal entries

My Life in Abstractions

My Life in Abstractions Earliest Memories in Wales I spent much of my time as a little boy collecting things. I was curious about the colours and textures of seashells, stones and feathers which I gathered with my grandfather Gwyn Walters on the seaside towns near the mountainous hinterland of Ceredigion in Wales. I was also an avid birdwatcher, and became a member of the RSPB. I remember being particularly impressed by the Red Kite, which was almost extinct during my childhood, but thanks to the conservation work in the National Parks, the birds of prey became more of a common sight as I grew [more]

The Sound of the Alps: A Journey Through the Engadine Valley

The Sound of the Alps: A Journey Through the Engadine Valley A Journey Through the Engadine Valley in Switzerland The Noon Bell was written in 2016 in Scuol, a small village in the Engadine Valley. Below is a recording of the same noon bell, goat bells and sounds of the Swiss region which inspired the creation of my book. Taking my microphone to the mountain station Prui, to the alpine village of Guarda, on the trains to St. Moritz, and around the lake Tarasp, I recorded and composed this musical sound design to bring the reader closer to the [more]

Sounds, Smells & Memories from my Alpine Childhood

Sounds, Smells & Memories from my Alpine Childhood Taken from the book, The Noon Bell "I hear an Alpine symphony of raw noise. How aesthetic natural sound can be! – Every little vibration entirely uncultivated and wild. I hear the flap of several bird wings disperse like an ocean spray as a distant train from a small mountain station startles them. I hear a faint running stream accompany the tones of the bell – barely audible, distinguished only because of its sharper frequency. Unlike the evenly spaced notes of manmade compositions, the music of the wind has a rich chromaticism, swirling thinly like a whispering choir. The bird song [more]

What is Quietness in Cinema?

What is Quietness in Cinema?Taken from the book, Quiet Cinema. Quietness is the unspoken word; the wind in the trees; the tragic loneliness of the father peeling an apple at the end of Ozu's Late Spring (1949); the pause after the two notes in the Jaws Theme in which the length of each diminishing musical rest is equal to the distance between the shark and its victim. Quietness is a break or pause that creates unresolved tensions; the blank screen before the film begins; the silence in-between two actions; the empty landscape waiting for a person to arrive – quietness appears within the limits of human [more]