Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The Sounds of Mobility, Part I

Walking through sound by David Toop

Electricity liberated humans from darkness but fixed them in space; audio and visual recordings liberated humans from transience but fixed their experiences into frozen memories. Wireless technologies have proved just how willing people are to be disconnected from the umbilical cords that connect them physically to the power grid and to telephone networks ...

Artists who work with soundscapes recordings of environmental sound either presented as documents in themselves or incorporated into musical compositions or installations may deal with concerns ranging from conservation, noise control and urban planning to neglected historical narratives, personal memory and the immersive atmosphere of place. Perhaps the highly charged issues raised by walking through sound can interlock with the promise of wireless technology: freedom to roam, a reaction against passive consumption, active discovery in habitual environments.

Thanks Lalya!

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