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Sounds of Europe: book launch ‘In the Field’ (Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle) & closing event
24/04/2013 - 20:30

As ‘Sounds of Europe’ is officially ending in April, we invite you to a closing field recording event with installations by Dawn Scarfe (UK), a performance by JD Zazie (IT) and a Brussels book launch of the Sounds of Europe publication ‘In the Field’ by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle (CRiSAP).

‘In the Field’ is a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their practice. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.

Dawn Scarfe: Do You Hear What I Hear? (8 channel installation – 10’ 00’’ [extract])
The audio for this piece was collected by microphones placed inside eight differently tuned spherical glass instruments called ‘Listening Glasses’. Each glass is calibrated to a particular musical tone, and amplifies this tone if it sounded in the surrounding air through the process of ‘sympathetic resonance’. The glasses were positioned by the side of a busy road to stratify the sound into eight distinctly tuned streams.

Dawn Scarfe: Air Traffic (8 channel installation – 15’00”) (2006)
Air Traffic was recorded from a window, using contact microphones placed on a homemade Aeolian harp. The piece documents the action of the air on the strings of the harp, as well as the sound of planes flying overhead in the greater distance. It explores ways in which sound can reveal activity in the atmosphere. Aeolian harps are an
ancient way of sonifying the changing strength of the wind, producing a mournful sound which rises and falls with the speed and direction of the airflow.

JD Zazie: ‘What are you listening to?’
– a solo project exploring sound identity and everyday life in the urban environment through field recording
What happens when a DJ uses her specific language to build up a temporary sonic environment composed from urban soundscapes? Recognizable sounds, everyday sounds and urban sounds are mixed together, creating a new, abstract, decontextualised environment, and an intimate aural dialogue with the listeners.
Close your eyes and listen. Let’s get in touch with the environmental sounds that are part of our aural experience… Sounds can describe the functional relationship between us and the environment, the sound context and the sound culture… what are you listening to?

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

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