Sound Poem: Travelling Environments


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My main focus for my sound poem was to make a connection between the power of sound and landscapes. I wanted to make the listeners feel like they were travelling from one place to another with my sound poem and thus I chose specific sounds to help create those multiple environments. The usage of the piano playing in the background half way into the sound poem and also the repetition of some of the sounds were purposely done to show how sounds can have a different effect on the listener based on the environment the sound is being heard in. The same sound in one environment can sound completely different in another environment and that is because of the way we perceive and interpret things. And also each environment has a different set of sounds that help to create one main sound for each environment.  And that in a way shows the power of sound in different landscapes. For example, the sound of a gunshot in one place can be heard differently in another place. In one place, the gunshot can sound like there are problems going on but in another place the gunshot could mean there is an event going on. As Ingold wrote in Four Objections to the Concept of Landscape “Likewise, a landscape may be audible, but to be aural it would have to have been first rendered by a technique of sound art or recording, such that it can be played back within an environment (such as a darkened room) in which we are otherwise deprived of sensory stimulus.” (Ingold, 136) Landscapes can be heard but for it to have a specific known sound to it the sounds emerging from that environment must be recorded first so it can be auditory. And with the sound poem I did I used recordings from multiple of environments to create new environments and thus the new environments can only be sensed with ones hearing and imagination. I added images to my sound poem to show some of the environments I was trying to create with my sound poem.

3 thoughts on “Sound Poem: Travelling Environments

  1. Hi Saba,

    I think you achieved your thesis well through the layering of contradicting sounds. In particular, the play between interior and exterior sounds created an interesting spatial transposition, where the two types went from definitive to ambiguous. That ambiguity–of being in two places at once is at the heart of traveling.

  2. Saba, this was a really cool sound poem! I feel like you really captured the idea of movement, and it was very interesting to listen to. I definitely felt like each place you brought me to in the poem was a new space, with different and familiar sounds.

  3. I chose to read your artist’s statement after listening to the sound poem, and I think that you really succeeded in “making the listener feel like they were traveling from one place to another”. I like the idea of creating new environments that “can only be sensed with one’s hearing and imagination” – because when I looked at the images that you selected to represent the environments that you created, I realized that my “imagination” brought me somewhere else. It’s especially interesting to think of the subjectivity of our acoustic environments, which is something that I was trying to highlight in my simultaneous sound poem.

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