#621: 2017.12.03 [aural tectonics]

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this edition of framework:afield has been produced by students of University of the Arts, The Hague, Netherlands, in conjunction with Raviv Ganchrow’s Aural Tectonics workshop at the Institute of Sonology.

Studies in Nonstandard Binaural Hearing, 00:57:19, binaural audio

! Please listen with headphones ! The following recordings have been produced with binaural methods and require headphone playback for spatial accuracy.

The following broadcast contains a series of nonstandard binaural explorations conducted over the course of the Aural Tectonics workshop, at the Institute of Sonology, in autumn of 2017. Binaural recording and playback methods underscore the hearing apparatus as an innate technology and the body itself as a form of site. Participant’s pinnae – the outer portion of the ear crucial for rendering experiences of embodied spatial sound – were cast out of their head sockets and fitted with miniature microphones. Working with these disjoined microphonic ears, dedicated strategies of site-specific recording and audio montage were then developed. The following sequence explores the embodied, yet disjunctive, auditory qualities and spatial agencies of nonstandard first-person hearing.

The Aural Tectonics workshop and seminar at the Institute of Sonology explores site-specificity and context-dependency of sound by fostering a critical awareness of, and attitude towards, environmental ambiance. Founded in a practice-based approach, the workshop develops site-dependent strategies for listening, recording, mapping, audio synthesis and sound intervention. Each year a particular site is chosen around which a sequence of intensive projects are developed. Within that framework, alternative approaches to ‘hearing place’ are fostered by adopting locational modes of listening and encouraging individual approaches to contextual ambiance.

Participants: Tony Guarino, Hendrik Hohlfeld, Ivana Kovac, Luka Kozlovački, Chris Loupis, Anni Nops, Atte Olsonen, Fotis Rovolis, Simone Sacchi, Giovanni Salice, Chris Vermeulen, Lucas Weidinger, Soeria van den Wijngaard

Special thanks to Simone Sacchi for chairing the group editing session and to Chris Loupis for the assistance with the pinnae casting.

The Institute of Sonology website:
http://www.sonology.org

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///////////////////////////////// 00:01:10
////// Hendrik Hohlfeld & Chris Vermeulen

Spiral

///////////////////////////////// 00:12:00
////// Fotis Rovolis

diSpell

Settling and dismantling a collection of sounds/bodies at a patio to uncover and summon its acoustic abilities.

///////////////////////////////// 00:15:55
////// Tony Guarino

Bezuidenhout Bells

A bell tower on Helenastraat in Den Haag.

///////////////////////////////// 00:20:02
////// Lucas Weidinger

Break Through

Approach. Enter. Perceive. Leave!

Image: Tony Guarino

///////////////////////////////// 00:24:23
////// Atte Olsonen

Helena Split

Spatiality, personality, split.

///////////////////////////////// 00:27:54
////// Anni Nöps

Granite Drill

///////////////////////////////// 00:32:55
////// Simone Sacchi

“Waar ben ik?”

«Modern elevators are strange and complex entities.[…] This is because they operate on the curious principle of “defocused temporal perception.” In other words they have the capacity to see dimly into the immediate future, which enables the elevator to be on the right floor to pick you up even before you knew you wanted it, thus eliminating all the tedious chatting, relaxing and making friends that people were previously forced to do while waiting for elevators.»
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
I’d like to thank Luka Kozlovački for the beach recordings.

///////////////////////////////// 00:37:16
////// Luka Kozlovački

no time for spirits

A single-take incantation for quad audio setup, Scheveningen masts and Hurricane Ophelia winds.

///////////////////////////////// 00:41:26
////// Ivana Kovač

Steel Echoes

Steel items interfering in different spaces – by mimicking the existing sounds, suggesting different ones, or highlighting the subliminal.

///////////////////////////////// 00:47:52
////// Chris Loupis

geen~eilanden

///////////////////////////////// 00:52:16
////// Soeria van den Wijngaard & Giovanni Salice

Vertical

///////////////////////////////// 00:58:25
////// All Ears

Reference

White-noise pinnae comparison tests at a distance of three meters from the sound source. The ear pinnae response is compared with cast pinnae response of all workshop participants in their order of appearance in the preceding audio montage.

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