Sound of Silence

Lhasa De Sela – Con Toda Palabra and Anywhere On This Road

Silence – Greville E

Total silence is almost impossible to experience by the human consciousness or our senses. Even in a sound-proofed cube or underground cave we will hear, with a little time to adapt, the sound of our own heartbeat or breath. But, our idea or perception of silence is something we can imagine and even capture in an image or sound recording. Broken silence is a concept that can have a dramatic effect on our experience.

So here we consider common sounds but in abstract distortion, enhancement, manipulation and in disrupted contexts – as an experiment in awareness and response.

We will consider sound as an artistic medium, as treatment for auditory system problems, in musical and sound synthesis and pattern and in natural and essential communications in all living beings.

Sound art

Sound art is an artistic discipline in which sound is utilised as a primary medium or material. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art may be interdisciplinary in nature, or be used in hybrid forms.

In Western art, early examples include Luigi Russolo‘s Intonarumori or noise intoners (1913), and subsequent experiments by DadaistsSurrealists, the Situationist International, and in Fluxus events and other Happenings. Because of the diversity of sound art, there is often debate about whether sound art falls within the domains of visual art or experimental music, or both.[1] Other artistic lineages from which sound art emerges are conceptual artminimalismsite-specific artsound poetryelectro-acoustic musicspoken wordavant-garde poetry, sound scenography,[2] and experimental theatre.[3]

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