Category Archives: Sounds

Web Focus – Between Air and Electricity

Several of the loudspeaker sculptures used in Huba de Graaff’s opera Lautsprecher Arnolt. © Huba de GraaffIn her opera Lautsprecher Arnolt (2004) Huba de Graaff decided to have most roles played by loudspeakers. Only the main character—the writer Arnolt Bronnen (1895-1959)—is played by a human actor, Marien Jongewaard. Arnolt himself is literally a “loud speaker”, screaming…

via Loudspeakeroperas by Huba de Graaff — Between Air and Electricity

 

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“BETWEEN AIR AND ELECTRICITY
Cathy van Eck
This site documents examples discussed in my book Between air and electricity – Microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments. Although most of these pieces and performances are best experienced live, these audio and video documentations might be helpful to get a better understanding of the music.”

Today’s Discovery – Sound Map

 

Travel the world through mini sound postcards….

 

” Sound Map is an audio project by artists Hannah Kemp-Welch and Lisa Hall, first shown at Tate Modern during Uniqlo Tate Late, June 30th 2017.

Responding to Cildo Meireles’s sonic vision of the Tower of Babel, we invite participants to listen to the most widely spoken languages across the globe, and reconsider the world map by language and listening, rather than country. This series of audio works form sonic postcards — snapshots of each language.
Collecting speech and song from online radio stations, news channels and live web cams, we’ve sought to capture each language in a two-minute mix. The audio was gathered at midday in the respective locations to ensure a chance selection process, free from bias. Where needed, environmental sounds were also sourced from online databases.”

 

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Reblog – Re-orienting Sound Studies’ Aural Fixation: Christine Sun Kim’s “Subjective Loudness”

 

Recommended reading and challenging the idea that listening is just with the ear, it does demand use of all senses.

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Editors’ note: As an interdisciplinary field, sound studies is unique in its scope—under its purview we find the science of acoustics, cultural representation through the auditory, and, to perhaps mis-paraphrase Donna Haraway, emergent ontologies. Not only are we able to see how sound impacts the physical world, but how that impact plays out in bodies and cultural tropes. Most importantly, we are able to imagine new ways of describing, adapting, and revising the aural into aspirant, liberatory ontologies. The essays in this series all aim to push what we know a bit, to question our own knowledges and see where we might be headed. In this series, co-edited by Airek Beauchamp and Jennifer Stoever you will find new takes on sound and embodiment, cultural expression, and what it means to hear. –AB

A stage full of opera performers stands, silent, looking eager and exhilarated, matching their expressions to the…

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Today’s Discovery – sin titulo – Valentina Villarroel

 

Ambient, circuit bending, experimental, hacking.

 

Valentina Villarroel is a sound artist / experimental composer from Concepción, Chile.

 

Brilliant site about Circuit Bending and the Workshops that Valentina puts on – http://talleressonoros.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Article Reblog – Beyond the Grandiose and the Seductive: Marie Thompson on Noise

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Dr. Marie Thompson is currently a Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Film and Media, University of Lincoln. Her new book Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism has just been published by Bloomsbury. We’ve been following each other on Twitter for a while(@DrMarieThompson and @AbstractTruth)  and I have become very interested in her ideas on noise. I’m David Menestres, double bassist, writer, radio host, and leader of the Polyorchard ensemble (“a vital and wonderfully vexing force of the area’s sonic fringes”) currently living in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.

Cover of “Beyond Unwanted Sound Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism,” By Dr. Marie Thompson

In her new book, Dr. Thompson covers a wide variety of ideas from Spinoza to Michel Serres’s cybernetic theory, acoustic ecology and the politics of silence to the transgressiveness of noise music, and many other concepts to show…

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Todays Discovery – Sounding Out Podcasts

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: H. Cecilia Suhr’s “From Ancient Soul to Ether” SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES VIA ITUNES ADD OUR PODCASTS TO YOUR STITCHER FAVORITES PLAYLIST Cecilia Suhr’s sound art piece, From Ancient Soul to Ether, reflects on how sound can describe beings from the past, present and future in simultaneous coexistence. From the vibrational level of the earth to the futuristic murmurs […]

via Sounding Out! Podcast #53: H. Cecilia Suhr’s “From Ancient Soul to Ether” — Sounding Out!

 

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EVENT FOCUS – Film of Story of Sound talk

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You can watch films of the Story of Sound talks for Lighthouse Arts in Brighton  Pavillion. featuring myself  alongside sound designers Chris Watson Barry Adamson and  Glenn Freemantle at Story of Sound 2015. Shame I was ill that day but I don’t think you can tell too much!

http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/the-sound-of-story-2015-films

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ARTICLE REBLOG -SO! Amplifies: Sounding Board Curated by Leonardo Cardoso

Part two of the Art of Sound playlist is out on Soundcloud  and the general focus this week is on Sound Art, in its’ widest sense, so this article came at the right time.
Courtesy to Sounding Out for the article reblog.

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The first annual Sounding Board sound exhibit was held at The Companion Gallery in Austin, Texas on December 3 – 6, 2015, as part of the 60th anniversary meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM). In the promotional literature for the show, the curator, Leonardo Cardoso (Texas A&M), described its objective: to give students, ethnographers, ethnomusicologists, and any “sound-minded” people an opportunity to share research and contemplate fieldwork from different perspectives. Cardoso hoped that SEMSoundingBoard would “stimulate dialogue between ethnomusicology and other fields, especially sound studies, sound art, ecomusicology, anthropology, and media studies.” He also sought to facilitate interaction between the local community in Austin and SEM scholars who traveled to attend the conference.

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I spoke with Cardoso about this…

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REBLOG – Interview with Magz Hall in Radio Survivor

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Radio Art and New Media in Radio Studies: An Interview with Magz Hall – Pt 1 by Brian Fauteux on January 15, 2016 in Radio Scholarship, Radio Survivor Academic Series

“In the first part of this two-part interview, Dr. Hall explains how her research is closely connected to a variety of experimental and artistic projects in the field of radio art. By engaging with radio as a flexible, fluid, and accessible medium, Dr. Hall highlights the ways in which radio can engage with communities and inspire cutting-edge research and arts-based practices.”  Read part 1 of the interview at this link

http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2016/01/15/35118/

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REBLOG – Sounding Out! Podcast #48: Sound and Sexuality in Video Games

As ever thought provoking…

 

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This week’s podcast questions how identity is coded into the battlecries shouted by characters in video games. By exploring the tools that sound studies provides to understand the various dynamics of identity, this podcast aims to provoke a conversation about how identity is encoded within the design of games. The all too invisible intersection between sound, identity, and code reveals the ways that sound can help explain the interior logic of the games and other digital systems. Here, Milena Droumeva and Aaron Trammell discuss how femininity and sexuality have been coded within game sounds and consider the degree to which these repetitive and objectifying tropes can be resisted by players and designers alike.

Milena Droumeva is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies…

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