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2013 22 Dez

Eye of the Microphone

von: Manafonistas Filed under: Blog | TB | 1 Comment

++ To stroll properly, one should not have any particular plans ++

„In 2012 I received a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust for a one-year Artist in Residency at the UCL Urban Laboratory in London, to introduce sound as an art practice to urban scholars and students. As part of my research I decided to dérive the city.

I spent full days and sometimes nights sweeping the streets and its interiors for sound – walking and listening with no route or intention. A city without sound does not exist. Every location, passageway, alley, road, park, and pub contains its own world of isolated sound events and patterns – the sound of a shopping bag caught by the wind on the asphalt of a busy street when a bus passes by. What seems to be merely a bus is also a cacophony of sounds, a sound world in itself: hydraulics, breaks, interior noise, honking, public announcements, humans, rolling bottles, cell phones, mp3 players. The rattle of an air-conditioning unit in an old pub toilet gradually develops its broken down sound over many years, creating a raga for it own demise. Nobody seems to hear it. Is it there? The choice of sound varies; it’s a personal selection, some sounds made it into this composition, many hours of recording didn’t.“ (B.J. Nilsen)

Sound composition can alter space and time and transform a specific location and experience into an imaginary world.


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1 Comment

  1. Henning:

    Bin gespannt. Ich habe auch mal angefangen, Aufnahmen zu machen … Man hört dann ganz anders. Hatte damals gerade Arbeiten von Hildegard Westerkamp gehört, Sachen dazu gelesen. Auch zum Vancouver-Projekt. Faszinierend.

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