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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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EVENT – Talk at YSP

magz hall

Sound and radio artist Magz Hall has joined YSP for a residency over summer 2015. Magz’s exploration of the artistic potential of radio, outside of conventional settings, has seen her turn ceramic pots, books and now trees in the YSP grounds into radio transmitters. Powered by solar energy, the trees create their own micro FM station, broadcasting a radio wave translation of biological processes and reactions to the environment.

Join Magz for a guided tour of the tree radios and a talk about her practice. Sat 29th August at 13:45.



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Although not a new discovery thought I would shine a spotlight on Marie Davidson. Well worth checking out her music. In the meantime –



SERIES REBLOG – The Colour of Sound: violet (final episode)

Sad to hear this is the final episode in this series. Really enjoyed listening to the sound of colours and have posted every one here, although now luckily, there is one place to hear them on Radio National. Also recommend visiting the Soundproof site if you are interested in everything sound / field recordings and Radio Art.



A short sample from Violet, the final colour to be interpreted in the Colour of Sound series.

Violet, the colour denoting the imperial ranks in Ancient Greece and Rome, was believed by Aristotle to be heard as an octave, a perfect interval that can be infinitely repeated. Contemporary studies into colour-sound theory are indebted to the work of Aristotle (384-322 BC) whose musings are thought to be the earliest exploration into the subject. His belief in the harmony of the spheres reverberated for centuries influencing scientists such as Isaac Newton in their quest to identify the colour of sound.

This is the final episode in the Radio National series. To listen to it in full visit the Soundproof website.

Radio National have the Colour of Sound as a featured series allowing you to listen to each of the episodes from one page. And now to the next project …

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Here is Todays Discovery thanks to Alan Gleeson. I will be returning to some of the artists on this collection in the near future.

Alan Gleeson

Excited to have a track selected for this compilation which is released today. SYNTHESIS VOL. 2 is an International compilation of intelligent works produced by professional sound artists and musicians from South Korea, Uruguay, Ireland, Venezuela, Greece, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, France, Poland, Mexico, Denmark, Israel, the UK, Colombia, Italy and the US. A big thanks to Vero Mota & Urban Arts Berlin for the time and effort taken to organise and release this. Listen, enjoy, buy and share. Cover image by Daniel Palacios

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