Description: Contains project outline and audio sample of a concept draft audio piece - a ‘re-creation’ of a first-generation immigrant Indian household living room in the UK from the 1960’s.
Audio length: 2:48
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Portraits & Landscapes
My sound art practice has become more and more concerned with the idea of removing 'time' from sound works. Traditionally, new media works - sound or video - are tied by temporal restraints. What this means is that whether the sound or video work is a piece in and of itself, or it contributes to a larger installation, there will usually be a start and end-point. IF there is no start or end-point, then we can assume that the work is looped ad-infinitum.
We cannot escape this. The technology we use, the way we present these media, it all has to do with time. For example; listening to your favourite song will always take the length of the song. But what if it didn't? This question began this line of enquiry, and I started to wonder about how our memories, in general, exist independent of time. When asked to recall a place or space, we do not think of a specific moment, but create a general gestalt of the place. That place or memory doesn't have a hard-coded start and finish time. Instead, it simply 'exists' for as long as we choose to remember it.
My first exploration of this idea is through a series of audio portraits and landscapes. A collection of audio-ONLY works that explore portraiture and senses/memories of space.
For portraits: How much of the sense of a person can be derived from the sounds that make up our experience of them; their speech, their breathing, their heartbeat, their laugh, the things they enjoy talking about or listening to, etc.
For landscapes: How much of the sense of a space can be derived from its everyday inhabited and uninhabited audio? What sounds exist naturally, what is man-made, what exists when we occupy the space, what are the acoustic features of the space, etc.
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The following is an audio draft for a specific concept brief - this inspired my personal project.
This concept draft is for a potential future exhibition by UK-based charity; Protégé.
This audio was created as part of exhibition proposal whereby living rooms from the UK in the 1960's would be recreated as installations, looking at the environments, histories, and stories of first generation migrants to the UK from India.
The audio is composed of the following completely separate audio clips which are a combination of found sound from online archives, youtube, and free audio libraries, and a few homemade foley recordings:
> The sound of pots cooking
> A doorbell
> A recording of a television program from the 50's-60's
> Recording of a tube television being switched on and off
> Two Indian women having a conversation
> A group of Indian men having a conversation
> The sounds of children playing in a house
> Footsteps running around an audio recorder
> Indian classical (bhajan) music
> Recording of a sewing machine
> Woman humming a tune
> The sound of a lawnmower and gardening
> Glasses and plates being cleaned
All these individual audio clips have been put together to give the sense of a living room environment of an Indian household in the 60's, and the types of activities that may have existed within it over the course of its occupancy.