Unlocking Audio

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Unlocking Audio

  1. 1. ABC Sydney Sidetracks Exploring a city of lost sounds British Library Sound Archive Unlocking Audio 2 Connecting with Listeners Sarah Barns
  2. 2. abc.net.au/sidetracks Partners : ABC Archives, ABC Local Radio 702, National Film and Sound Archives, the Dictionary of Sydney, the City of Sydney, the State Library of NSW, the Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art
  3. 3. Copy goes here for each slide ……………………………………… . Copy goes here for each slide ……………………………………… . put some more copy to ewxplain the slide here
  4. 4. ‘ we’re all map-makers now’ Wired June 2007 <ul><li>Geo-tagging: 2.5 million things geo-tagged on Flickr this month </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sydney Sidetracks abc.net.au/sidetracks
  6. 6. the ‘street as platform’ encounters with post-pc information technology “ In a sense, the entire street itself can now be thought of as having an API, conveying its overall behaviour to the world, each aspect of it increasingly beginning to generate and recombine data.”
  7. 7. listening in… “ Who could resist the invitation of those dainty headphones? They gleam in living rooms and entwine themselves around heads all by themselves”. Siegfried Kracauer 1929 “ By filtering out the natural and man made sounds of the city we are able to immerses ourselves in a alternative reality of our choosing.” - Digital Urban The iPod - a “sublime marriage between mobility, aesthetics and functionality, of sound and touch” that offers an auditory reprioritisation of urban experience Michael Bull, Sound Moves
  8. 8. listening in…the user experience ‘ Auditory looking’: Interaction with the visual present framed by its auditory past Martin Place, VP Day 1945 Martin Place, 2008
  9. 9. Top: Victoria St today ……………………………………… . Bottom left: Mural of the BLF Green Bans in W’loo ……………………………………… . Bottom right: Plaque to Mick Fowler on Victoria St
  10. 10. city of lost sound George St 1906. Reproduced courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive
  11. 11. an archaeology of the invisible city of recorded action… not surviving artefact Clockwise from Left ……………………………………… . 212 Devonshire St ……………………………………… . Protesters gather outside 115 Victoria St in January 1973 ……………………………………… . Day of Mourning Conference 1938 St in January 1973 ……………………………………… . Juanita Nielsen outside 202 Victoria St ……………………………………… . Construction of the Sydney Opera House, 1964 ……………………………………… . The Pyrmont Incinerator 1977 ……………………………………… . The Pyrmont Incinerator c1938
  12. 12. learning to get lost “ Not to find oneself in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance – nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city – as one loses oneself in a forest – that calls for quite a different schooling”. Walter Benjamin Illuminations thank you sarah barns

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