An guide written by Lawrence English that gives some good advice.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
"Place is always moving, like a sleeping cat”
The potential for sound in shaping perception
'Sound is something that everyone is in contact with during daily life, it is not possible to filter out in the same way as the closing of the eyelid. Due to this fact many take sound and listening to their environments for granted, however listening is a deeply rewarding exercise. Work from musicians and sound artists such as John Cage, David Toop and Chris Watson detail the deeply affecting nature of sound. In the preliminary research for this essay the focus was on those mentionings of an ‘essence’ in sound, also listening and the relationship between that sense and human perception. The key case study in reference to these areas was the Hungarian film Hukkle (Pálfi 2002) as the sound mix presented in this film is unique in its execution. The objective of the following essay it to determine the extent to which sound is a factor in the forming of perception and memory, and explore Hukkle as a transferable mode of listening. The first chapter explores John Cage in relation to his ‘silent piece’ 4’33” and the pioneer of musique concrete, Pierre Schaeffer. After tracing these early steps in rethinking the way sound is heard, the second chapter focuses on Hukkle and looks in depth at the sound mix. The final chapter explores music and field recording before concluding on the findings.'