Living Spaces (2017)5:23Vanessa ZaurriniJTTP 2017
Using field recordings of busy intersections, shopping malls, metro stations and markets, this stereo composition explores the repetitive macro noise profile and the hidden micro details embedded inside the average urban soundscape. Living Spaces unravels and overlays the unique sound profiles of various spaces and utilizes the city as a musical instrument, playing with expectation and tension to subvert the listener’s expectations. The first section contains elongated recordings of city drones that mask other frequency activity; the second section introduces sounds that can be heard peaking out of the drones due to their varying frequencies, higher intensity and sharp attacks; finally, the third section makes way for more percussive and less repetitive foreground material, driven forward by the sounds of walking in the snow. In this respect, this composition is an effort to accentuate city drones, reorder the small details such as sounds produced by birds or humans and sensitize the listener to narratives found within sonic spaces; it is a sound travelling experience held together by a string of communication, from one sound object to the next.
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