Unseen Songlines Nimalan Yoganathan

This piece is an electroacoustic exploration of the Amazon rainforest. The source material is field recordings gathered during my group artist residency led by sound artist Francisco Lopez in the Brazilian Amazon during October 2011. I take a cue from acoustic ecologist R. Murray Schafer’s concept of Schizophonia which refers to the split between an original sound and its electroacoustic reproduction in a soundscape. The piece explores the ambiguous perception of sounds emanating from the jungle and beneath the Amazon River where we hear but cannot visualize the source. This “blind” listening allows the listener to hone in on the rhythms and melodies of the rainforest. Electronic textures weave in and out of field recordings in a subtle matter so as to accentuate the gray area between the natural soundscapes and their synthetic counterparts.

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Yamaha PSS-380 digital synthesizer, Mbira
  • Software used: Adobe Audition, TimeToy
  • Duration of the submitted work: 5:14
  • Production: Home

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