All of the two channel works chosen this year were selected on their ability to ‘evoke’ the presence of things or beings in space to the extent that the each work ‘immerses’ the listener into a real or imaginary sonic environment. The contents of the program fall into to three distinct categories. The first category Real Worlds can be linked back to sounds known to be us from the real world. These sounds are often extended by including those created by electronic means. The artificially generated sounds blend into to the natural sounds in a variety of unique ways, thus provided the listener with an enhanced variant of the everyday sound world. The second category Virtual Worlds, in contrast to the first, uses only artificially generated sounds in order to create an immersive environment that assumes to evoke a natural one. The third category Other Worlds includes mostly those works in which the sonic characteristics of both the first and the second can be heard in juxtaposition.
The immersive effect for both ‘real’ and ‘natural’ sonic environments has a relaxing effect on the listener and the use of combining natural with artificial sounds demonstrates an interesting incongruous use of audio in that the listener may not be able to distinguish at times between the natural from the artificial sounds, thus smudging the borders between the real and the virtual. The immersion effect is made possible both due to how the works are constructed: little or no silence, long sections of timbre modulations, use of multiple layers of sounds that are not easily discerned by the listener, and how the soundmasso each of the works is projected into the space using the Stereolith loudspeaker. There is no one best listening point and still with locative sound effects. All of the selected works will be presented over a period of 3 days from the 13th to the 15th of July during the Digital Art Weeks at the ETH Zurich. Please see the program below for further information regarding the presentation of the works and the artists themselves. Most of the works can be heard here directly by clicking on their titles.
Listen the first track:
Cité (4’40) Peter Kutin (AUT)