Archive for October, 2007
The participants of the “Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures” conference in Copenhagen (28.-30.11.07) are now online. Some great keynotes, projects and papers form all over Europe:
And looks like they have an impressive library at the University of Copenhagen as well. Picture by Bo Madsen on Flickr.
Christoph Cox, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hampshire College: Sound Art and the Ontology of the Audible
Allen S. Weiss, Associate Adjunct Professor, Performance Studies and Cinema Studies, NYU:Impossible Audio Worlds
Sabine Breitsameter, Professor at the Faculty of Media of Hochschule Darmstadt – University of Applied Sciences: Sound Experience, Sound Culture, Sound Studies
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At next week’s ECREA Digital Culture & Communication (DCC) Section Workshop, Holger Schulze (Sound Studies, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany) will give a presentation on ‘Experiencing Medialised Senses: On the Tectonics of Media’ in the session ‘Sounds & Senses’ where I will also present (Frauke Behrendt, University of Sussex, UK ‘Mobile Sonic Experience: Methodological Concerns’) and I’m really looking forward to this (full program below).
Picture by pshab on Flickr.
And lucky me, it seems to be ‘Sound Studies November’ for me as I’ll also get to hear Sabine Breitsameter from ‘Sound Studies’ in Berlin as she’s giving a keynote lecture on “Sound Experiences, Sound Culture, Sound Studies” at the “Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures” conference in Copenhagen (28.-30.11.07). I’ll present some of my research there as well, and the full program is online now. The postgraduate degree ‘Sound Studies’ in Berlin (were Holger Schulze and Sabine Breitsameter are professors) offers a refreshing, critical, theoretical and creative perspective on sound:
‘Simply to promulgate the euphoric praises heaped upon the role of sound and listening in newspaper articles and popular journals over the last twenty years – that would be too shortsighted. What really interests us is a fundamental change in the attitude towards the design of our surroundings.
We would reformulate the question “How should we design our environment?” as: Are we aware of the impact that our design, technology, creative decisions and theoretical approach will have on the listening experiences of coming decades and centuries in our media-saturated, artificialized environments?’
This is from their English information ‘What are Sound Studies? Introducing a new and yet old discipline’ by Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze.
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This is an abstract by Justin William (University of Nottingham). The paper was presented 17th March 2007 at the the Royal Musical Association’s Study Day for Students at the University of Nottingham. Paola Cannas, one of my colleagues in the Music Department shared this abstract with me. There’s a word document with the abstracts here.
I’m not usually that much into car-related mobile sound or music projects, but this analysis sounds interesting because it uses an interdisciplinary approach to research the “auditory pleasures” of listening to rap music in cars in the US. I wasn’t actually aware that some of this music is specifically produced for the mobile listening context of car stereos.
Justin Williams (University of Nottingham)
‘The Automotive Womb: ‘Jeep Beats’ and Psychoanalysis’
In the early 1990s, Los Angeles rap producer Dr. Dre (Andre Young) was crafting a sound he christened “G-Funk.” The music, unlike most East Coast hip-hop at the time, was not “sampled” from records, but featured live re-recordings with studio musicians, inspired and derived from 1970s funk and soul (George Clinton, Leon Haywood, Curtis Mayfield, Zapp, Cameo). As exemplified by Dr. Dre’s first solo album Read the rest of this entry »
I wrote about the “Auditory Torches ” Project a while ago (http://mobilesound.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/auditory-torches/)
Now I found a video explaining the project:
The project was also featured on the Discovery Channel Website
Acoustic Location (Sound Mirror Devices)”>Acoustic Location (Sound Mirror Devices)
Acoustic location was originally applied to determining the presence and position of ships in fog.
Such devices (as well as sound mirros) were used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines.
Of course this technologies were rendered obsolete before Read the rest of this entry »
No sound or mobile media in this project – and still I was intrigued by the beauty and simplicity of it.
Map Me by Hugh Davies is a beautiful networking and social mapping exercise I encountered at conflux. Starting off with only a few cards and strings it evolved into a dense and colourful mesh of conflux visitors who Read the rest of this entry »