This working group brought participants all over the city to listen closely and attentively to what starts out seeming to be noise but ends up being the rich acoustic beauty of the city. We listen with headphones on, the sound turned up, and construct acoustic reports of the urban world as we walk.
Here is our first podcast, hopefully the first of many.
To learn the history of soundwalking, and making sense of the soundscape, we considered the following classic texts:
Some classic soundscape texts
Murray Schafer, A Sound Education
Murray Schafer, Tuning of the World of The Soundscape
Henri LeFebvre, Rhythmanalysis
Augoyard and Torgue, Sonic Experience
And here are some more websites to get you thinking about the beauty of the sound right around you, wherever you are:
Denis Wood, Everything Sings, an interesting sound mapping approach.
David Rothenberg and friends playing live with birds at dawn at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
John Luther Adams, a soundwalk for the Met Museum of Art
Cities and Memory, a website of sounds.
We hope to continue this working group starting again this Fall.
This group was coordinated by musician and writer David Rothenberg, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at NJIT, author of WHY BIRDS SING, BUG MUSIC, and SURVIVAL OF THE BEAUTIFUL. www.davidrothenberg.net