Thu, 05 Nov|
Episode 1: Clearing
uses sections of durational recordings from Australia.
05 Nov 2020, 17:00
I have an interest in how we, as a species, use sound, and
especially what is usually referred to as ‘nature’ sound. We
listen and think we are hearing nature but in fact we are often
only hearing what we want it to be. Here for example we listen to
dew drying on scrub grass, wind resonating an enclosure fence, an
evening chorus of frogs and the embers of a hedge clearing
bonfire. All are ‘natural’ sounds but all are counter to the
prevailing idea of nature based soundscapes in some sense. Often,
for example, a conventional idea of technical audio clarity is
used to pacify certain elements, to contain and control the
audible view of environments, or to remove sounds that a recordist
might decide are unhelpful to the idea of ‘nature’, such as plane
or traffic noise.
Listening is more than hearing. It’s about letting sounds in and
that requires a letting go of control, and a recognition (for
artist, recordist, audience) of the intuitive response being a
natural part of our species.
nb. headphone listening or via audio speakers is recommended as
some of the frequencies are inaudible via computer speakers
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