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Theorizing Soundwalls: Listening Within The Noise

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Thesis Defense PPT for Masters of Music in Music Technology

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Theorizing Soundwalls: Listening Within The Noise

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

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