Pulse Project

4 Oct

October 8: Send in Statement of proposed project subject/general outline.

October 20: Present completed mid-term project with files/supporting materials.

We have been reading, discussing and exploring how researchers of Acoustic Ecologies have utilized various listening and recording approaches to consider and represent the tenuous balance between natural and cultural, sonic information and the impact that this soundscape has on its inhabitants.

After having examined and participated in several creative applications of field recording methodologies centered on Sound Walks, we will produce a short investigative project that emulates the form of the program, Pulse of the Planet:

‘Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.’

How much can you reveal and convey the nature of a place through sound? What sonic information do you extract and augment from recording found, ambient conditions to reconstruct a soundscape? As a guide to these sonic experiences, consider the balance of sound to narrative voice in enhancing the representation of place. In focusing our research on the auditory, a sound environment no longer seems to behave as passive background, but functions as a dynamic system interconnected with place and space, individuals and their social, political milieu.

Incorporate into this project the components that were the focus of the Site Profile, Sound Guide and Soundwalk exercises that we have done. Consider what we have heard from NYSAE’s archive of soundscape recordings, Andrea McCartney’s Soundwalk presentation, and our various readings that intersect sound, field recording, mapping and spatial practice. Shafer’s WSP groundwork, among others, should be helpful in conceptualizing how to collect and organize auditory information. The form of Pulse of the Planet is very specific and consistent, so after listening to several episodes from the archive, you should have a good template. The topic of your project should reflect the aforementioned balance and interconnection between subject and ground (environment).

Any research materials such as sound samples, image documentation, maps, notes, writings, sketches –whatever you need to best articulate your work- should all be included with your final work.

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