REBLOG ARTICLE – Within a Grain of Sand: Our Sonic Environment and Some of Its Shapers

Just found this article on Sounding Out and it’s a great overview of how artists have combined sound and the environment via various means to create sonic art (in its’ widest sense). Simple questions are answered by the artists focussing on what is Soundscape. Very interesting piece.

Sounding Out!

“It devolves on us now to invent a subject we might call acoustic design, an interdiscipline in which musicians, acousticians, psychologists, sociologists, and others would study the world soundscape together in order to make intelligent recommendations for its improvement.”

–R. Murray Schafer

The Soundscape, Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World

With those words, and with that book, Canadian composer, writer, educator, and environmentalist R. Murray Schafer introduced the concept of the soundscape…a sound, or combination of sounds, that forms or arises from an immersive environment. What follows is an exploration of how several key field recordists define and explore the notion of soundscape.

1. What do you do?

I capture moments.

I explore environments & structures using conventional & extended field recording methods. I also use instruments & small objects. Sometimes I perform live intuitive compositions, sometimes I install work & often I compose photographic scores.


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