[microsound-announce] [framework radio] #511: 2015.05.10
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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 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
"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:
////// 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.
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.
////// Jeyong Jung
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.
////// Joel Thurman
////// 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.
////// Ana Guedes
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.
////// Aslakur Ingvarsson
Not going anywhere
////// 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
////// Donia Jourabchi
"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)
////// 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.
////// 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.
////// Sohrab Motabar
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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