Today we had our last workshop, on Sonic Art, Phonography and Acoustic Ecology. We started a discussion about sound; about what it is, about what it is not and about the differences that exist between everything we can think of as sound and other more traditional concepts from the western art music world. We talked about philosophical positions and drew a mind map together. We thought about the physical, emotional, anthropological, social and artistic dimensions (from the perspective of myriad practices, from music to soundscape composition) etc. We noticed that, in truth, there are no words enough to discuss the sonic world with sufficient specificity… The metaphors are so many, so little the certainties.
We recorded the participants' voices and made some experiments with each one's spectral images. In doing so, one can uncover the harmonic world that exists inside each sound we produce, no matter how simple they are. We ultimately tried to recognise the origin of each of the recorded voices, only by referring to their timbres, preventing ourselves from looking at the screen, which was showing all tracks adequately tagged with our names. The challenge was to gradually shorten the voice little by little, up to the point at which only a little bit of the first phoneme could be herd.
After so much informational density, we went outside, on a sonic walk, which involved everyone walking around like a floc through Funchal, with special concentration paid to the sonic world surrounding us. The interest resided on the search for the sources, qualities, behaviours, forms and tropes.
We went down to the ocean and came back on a straight line, for the time was short, but the discussion generated at the end of the workshop was so exciting! Each one felt and listened to very different things. In general, everyone had agreed on the importance of the aesthetic sensibility on a daily basis, that is: how much attention we deposit on the details of the everyday.
Print screen from the voice recording session
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho