Hearing Notes

Sound is a time based medium. If not fixed, sound events leave no trace behind but a memory of what you just heard. Recorded sounds are like reflections of natural sounds. Recording technologies can be seen as an extension of human hearing and memory. By means of a recorder one can access sound repeatedly, can zoom in and focus on small sounds, can manipulate, all these means lead to greater width and depth of perception which could not be accessed without technological augmentation.

In the artwork "Reflections, cycles and transformations" one reflection of sound, going through a cycle of transformations, can turn into a completed sound score. Composition constructs reality in a cycle from natural to abstract and back. Natural forms in images are intertwined with visual representations of fabric of sound spectrum.

The rhythm, technique and the cyclic nature of knitting is a starting point of sound meditation to distance oneself from anxiety. Sound composition is created from rhythmic recorded samples from the knitting process and ascends to an abstract musical atmosphere where knitting needles are used to play string instruments.

While listening to the “Noise Technocracy” composition, the author offers to take an electroacoustic walk through the yard of “Saliņas” country house, trying to distinguish the voices of birds, the car of a neighbour driving on the gravel road, the flight of fly and the chirping of carefree grasshoppers. The composition is created by using a binaural sound processing technique, i.e. by psychoacoustically manipulating the differences in sound tone, time, volume in each of the stereo sound channels, a vision or feeling is created about the size of the acoustic space, the objects in it and the locations of the sound sources. Lately stereo composition was adopted and extracted as an immersive 4-channel sound experience exclusively for the RIXC exhibition space. The composition is complemented by images of its sound spectrum analysis.