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DESARTSONNANTS - CRÉATION SONORE ET ENVIRONNEMENT - ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND ART - PAYSAGES ET ECOLOGIE SONORE
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Listening with nightingales to nightingales' songs

When Rachel Mundy first contacted me to take part in this panel, she wrote about adiscussion focusing on "the experience of listening to natural sound, with the songof the Nightingale as our touchstone." She asked me to respond to a particular re-cording of a nightingale, from the Macaulay library, and to bring this into conver-sation with another recording of my choice. I found this intriguing for the AMS, because although the nightingale has a wide range in Asia and Europe, it is notfound at all in the wild, in the Americas. But it is found again and again, around theworld, in representations of bird musicality and listening to natural sound. Thenightingale, as inspiration, as sound recording, as literary figure, as poetic symbolof wild nature, melancholy and unrequited love, has a prominent place in the expe-rience of listening. ..

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Journal of Sonic Studies - A SONIC PARADIGM OF URBAN AMBIANCE

This paper intends to investigate urban ambiances through focusing on the world of sounds. Although the aesthetics of everyday life implies employing the whole human sensorium, making it difficult to artificially separate the information received from the individual senses from each other, I explore what can be learned about an ambiance when we just listen to it. In other words, how and under which conditions is it possible to develop a sonic paradigm of urban ambiances? The basic argument is to consider sound as a particularly efficient medium to investigate and develop an account of urban ambiances. Various ideas will be explored in order to answer this question, involving theoretical, epistemological and methodological arguments. Three main directions are accentuated: the first one relates to the tuning into an ambiance, the second relates to the unfolding of an ambiance, and the third relates to the situating within an ambiance.

 

 

 

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"Soundscape works, listening and the touch of sound." Aural Cultures. Edited by Jim Drobnick. Toronto, ON: YYZ: 2004: 179-185.

"Soundscape works, listening and the touch of sound." Aural Cultures. Edited by Jim Drobnick. Toronto, ON: YYZ: 2004: 179-185.
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