Presentation at PEEP (Pratiques de l'écoute, écoute des pratiques) (Listening Practices, Listening to Practices) Facebook Event
The theme of the seminar is, Composer avec le son a distance, Composing with remote sound
I will be presenting alongside my fellow resident at Locus Sonus, Ananda A.L. Costa who will discuss her research on cultural remoteness.
"In colonial times, opera productions perpetuated many cultural misunderstandings, with abysmal cases of misrepresentation of indigenous peoples. Beyond geographic remoteness, partly overcome by technology and tourism, cultural remoteness is still a topic of debate in art creation, where the perceptions of remoteness, marginality and inferiority are still dangerously connected. Assuming remoteness as a matter of hierarchy between the center – where Western culture is established – and margin – where for example Amerindian cultures have been historically kept – listening to the remote can be a powerful act of inverting poles and creating proximity, but can we really reach the margin by the center? Do we overcome or embrace our mutual incomprehensibility through listening? This lecture aims to address these questions, bringing examples from opera, Brazilian art movements and personal experience."
I will be discussing some recent community engagement projects:
The area of Soundscape Studies is an exciting inter-disciplinary research area which affords collaborations between artists, researchers, scientists and the community. Researchers within the field have successfully promoted this research area outside of academia getting communities involved in sound walking, field recording, sound mapping and sound heritage projects.
Soundwalking is a very useful first step for many who choose to embark on a journey within soundscape studies. It is also a way of opening this subject up to new audiences and it is a useful tool when working with members of the community who have never thought about sound within their own environment.
Community engagement projects are also an extremely useful research tool for composers and researchers. During these activities we can learn a lot about specific sonic environments and what they mean to the community. We can learn about how soundscapes have changed over time due to economic and social developments and also how people think about domestic soundscapes. We can also re-imagine past soundscapes through sound.
This presentation discusses two recent collaborative community engagement projects. I will discuss the various techniques and skills that participants learned and how they had the opportunity to improvise, create, perform and discuss their local and domestic soundscapes.