[microsound-announce] [framework radio] #511: 2015.05.10

. m u r m e r . murmer at murmerings.com
Mon May 11 07:31:21 EDT 2015

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#511: 2015.05.10
listen to this edition here: 

this edition of framework:afield has been produced by students of the 
university of the arts, the hague, in conjunction with raviv ganchrow’s 
aural tectonics seminar at the institute of sonology. notes from the 

"The following series of works are derived from an intensive exploration 
of the auditory context of Den Haag Central Train Station. Instead of 
seeking a soundscape, the team alternatively set out to uncover auditory 
affordances latent to the terminal. The following results reveal various 
phenomenal, material, spectral, temporal as well as social dimensions of 
the site. By intentionally avoiding the 'sound portrait', the sequence 
instead becomes a collection of studies or maps with which to navigate 
the variety of interlocking yet distinctive auditory spheres inhabiting 
the station.

"The Aural Tectonics seminar at the Insitute of Sonology explores 
site-specificity and context- dependency of sound by fostering a 
critical awareness of, and attitude towards, environmental ambiance. 
Founded in a practice-based approach, the seminar develops 
site-dependent strategies for listening, recording, mapping, synthesis 
and sound intervention. Each year a particular location is chosen around 
which a sequence of intensive projects are developed. Within that 
framework, alternative approaches to 'hearing place' are fostered by 
adopting locational modes of listening and encouraging personal 
approaches to contextual ambiance.

Amir Bolzman, Sjoerd Brill, Ana Guedes, Aslakur Ingvarsson, Donia 
Jourabchi, Jeyong Jung, Nikos Kokolakis, Carlo Maria Amadio, Sohrab 
Motabar, Joel Thurman, Return3r, Timo Witkamp

"Audio Mastering:
Donia Jourabchi

"The Institute of Sonology website:

again, we are always looking for new material, whether raw field 
recordings, field recording based composition, or introduction 
submissions. we are also now accepting proposals for full editions of 
our guest curated framework:afield series. send proposals or material, 
released or not, on any format, to the address at the bottom of this 
mail. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!


Contribution credit, title and descriptions in order of appearance:

///////////////////////////////// 00:01:20
////// Nikos Kokolakis

Deze lift gaat naar beneden (This elevator goes down)

This piece is based in the experimentation around the physical 
phenomenon of sound wave diffraction through recordings from the area of 
the central station of The Hague. The recordings were conducted in 
motion parallel to walls or obstacles, registering the different 
soundscape that emerges when an opening in a wall or obstacle occurs. 
The studio editing focuses in emphasizing specific parts of the spectrum 
and developing a narrative structure through the piece.

///////////////////////////////// 00:05:21
////// Return3r


Sites as time-variant systems come in different moods shapes and 
dependencies to the external source of actuation, while this study 
examines the contribution of the "higher order chaos" to the fractal 
dimension of the temporal topology of the air mass filling and 
encapsulating an instance of the latter. These emergent forms are often 
potent becoming nodes of strong repulsion and attraction within their 
environment due to their caustic property. It might be overwhelming to 
be around them, but they become deities once having listened.

///////////////////////////////// 00:10:50
////// Jeyong Jung

And, End

The piece consists of sounds that have been recorded near automated 
doors. A door is an end point of an interior space but also a beginning 
point of an exterior space. The piece intends to expose that the 
contrasting spaces (interior / exterior) are at times merged and at 
times distinctly separate as the doors open and close.

///////////////////////////////// 00:14:52
////// Joel Thurman


///////////////////////////////// 00:18:30
////// Sjoerd Brill


Trajectory is a piece played by dozens of commuters, coming together at 
The Hague's Central Station. Diving through different aural 
perspectives, the fragments are strung together like a pearl necklace. 
The empty footsteps and deep resonant treads alternate between one 
another on the wooden floorboards, while the normal life continues, far 
in the distance.

///////////////////////////////// 00:23:11
////// Ana Guedes

on waiting.

on waiting. was mainly captured with contact microphones in order to 
establish an image of the structural vibrations at the site; unveiling a 
realm of "infranormal" instances that exist beneath the spectrum of 
everyday life perceptions.

///////////////////////////////// 00:27:45
////// Aslakur Ingvarsson

Not going anywhere

///////////////////////////////// 00:30:10
////// Carlo Maria Amadio

Voice of the Noises

For this piece I decided to focus attention on various aspects of my 
auditory and creative experience: the playfulness of listening, the 
playfulness of collecting sounds, the attention to cultural and 
psychological backgrounds, having fun, story telling, creating memory. 
The ultimate aspect of the piece is about sharing my personal experience 
with others. This aspect has been incorporated in the recording 
experience itself: I asked people at the station what they were hearing 
in that specific moment and requested them to reply without thinking too 
much, in other words to respond impulsively. The second part of the 
“interview”, that was more challenging to achieve, involved requesting 
people mimic these sounds with their voice. The final result is a 
narrative description of the sonic surroundings of the station conducted 
through people’s voices, along with traces of my personal recording and 
auditory experience.

///////////////////////////////// 00:35:43
////// Donia Jourabchi

Sonic Deviation

"Don’t keep forever on the public road, going only where others have 
gone and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the 
beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do so 
you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. 
Of course it will be a little thing, but do not ignore it. Follow it up, 
explore all round it ; one discovery will lead to another, and before 
you know it you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your 
mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought." (Discovery 
and invention - Alexander Graham Bell - The National Geographic 
magazine, volume 25, 1914 - p650)

///////////////////////////////// 00:44:27
////// Timo Witkamp

Study of Aural Tectonics

The study consists entirely of synthesized sounds. These synthesized 
sounds are characterized by the temporal and spectral aspects of the 
sound of a stopping train. The consecutive and overlapping segments 
constitute the sound of a stopping train from various perspectives.

///////////////////////////////// 00:48:59
////// Amir Bolzman

Walking near Babylon

Walking near Babylon was made from recordings of Central station Den Haag.

Most of the sounds were recorded from moving up and down 6 different 
escalators in the central station. These rehearsed movements were 
performed in the same way for all 6 of them. The idea behind this method 
is to try to compose a movement in a space , and to record it. Then make 
the same movement/composition in similar locations.

This composition was originally made as an 8 channel piece and was mixed 
down again for a stereo version. On the 8 channel mix you can hear more 
clearly the different locations and movements.

///////////////////////////////// 00:53:02
////// Sohrab Motabar

A Merge!

Central station is different than other stations in town, this station 
houses a city inside: shops where you can find passengers in transit or 
people looking to buy something to make their journey more pleasant. I 
tried to explore some experiences of the space in The Hague central 
station by utilizing different recording methods such as binaural and 
distance miking. After recording I listened, edited and transformed the 
material in order to try and find which aspect of space are most 
compelling for me. One aspect that I found most interesting was the 
merging of two spaces by recording in parallel through two 
omni-directional microphones. The edited piece is an investigation of 
the sequential experiences along one walking trajectory from the 
threshold of a shop towards the train platforms.


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