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Thesis Defense PPT for Masters of Music in Music Technology

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  • Theorizing Soundwalls: Listening Within The Noise
    Jaclyn Heyen
    Copyright Jaclyn Heyen 2010
  • Introduction
    Soundscape
    Listening Modes
    Soundwall
    Inclusive
    Seclusive
    Intrusive
    Tinny Scoots
  • Soundscape
    Sounds of an environment
    R. Murray Schafer
    World Soundscape Project
    Hildegard Westerkamp
    Barry Truax
  • Listening Modes
    Listening-in-search
    Listening-in-readiness
    Background listening
  • Listening-in-search
    Using the sonic cues of the environment to gain information.
    Most active form of listening
    Examples:
    Visually impaired
    Active listening in a conversation
  • Listening-in-readiness
    Listeners attention is focused elsewhere but ready to hear important information when it presents itself.
    Sounds are familiar
    Less active form of listening
    Examples:
    Ambulance siren
    Child crying
  • Background listening
    The sounds are brought to the background and hold no immediate significance.
    “Keynote” sounds
    Least active form of listening
    Example:
    Ocean
    Traffic
  • Soundwall
    Any sound that interrupts the soundscape
    Creates difficulty in:
    Communication
    Finding one’s place in the environment
  • Inclusive Soundwall
    A soundwall created by a group
    Examples:
    Motorcycles
    “Boom” Cars
  • SeclusiveSoundwall
    A soundwall created by an individual
    Examples:
    Cell phones conversations
    Personal MP3 players
  • Intrusive Soundwall
    A soundwall created for the purpose of convenience.
    A soundwall that does not define an individual or group.
    Inclusive and Seclusivesoundwalls.
    Example:
    Construction sites
    Automobile
  • Soundwalls and listening modes
    How does the listening mode effect the soundwall?
    How does the soundwall effect the mode in which we listen?
    Does a new mode of listening need to be created to include soundwalls?
  • Tinny Scoots
  • FEASt Festival
  • FEASt Festival
  • What was accomplished
    Looked further into the definition of the soundwall.
    Built a musical controller out of a scooter
    Created the installation Tinny Scoots
  • Future Studies
    Further look into how to combine listening modes and soundwalls.
    Further study how different soundwalls effect our social interactions.
    Modifications to Tinny Scoots.
  • Conclusion
    “Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.”
    - John Cage