This podcast takes a critical look at the role of attention in sonic experience. Taking Francisco Lopez as the primary artist of the investigation, it examines several of his works over the last two decades: La Selva, which consists of unaltered arrangements of field recordings in the La Selva cloud forests of Costa Rica and two different pieces, Klokken, and Fahrstuhle, from a 2010 release titled Machines." In addition, there are samples of city sounds, and cicadas drawn from my own library and from a freesound user named "edibles," a short sample of an above ground subway and an airplane landing. Ending the podcast is a short excerpt from a field recording that I did at the Traditions shopping center between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Throughout this investigation we look at how Pierre Schaeffer's concepts of the sonorous object and acousmatic listening set the trajectory for Lopez's work. It also pursues the ways in which Lopez thinks that profound or intentional listening can expand our notions of sonic reality. As a supplement to Lopez's work we examine brief excerpts from two of artist/composer/armchair-scientist David Dunn's repertoire that use time-domain independent pitch shifting to render audible invisible sound worlds. First is Chaos and the Emergent Mind of the Pond, an exploration of pond life, and next is Sound of Light In Trees, an investigation into an unknown microworld that has real world scientific implications. Both artists use recording technology as a primary tool in their processes but in different ways.
Cancelling-Noise-Cancelling, or Profound Listening and the Expansion of Reality