Ecoustics is a sound art work that explores how anthropogenic sounds may overpower natural sounds, but not displace them. The natural sounds remain, if we know how to listen for them. And when heard, natural sounds are quite inspiring.
Object: Sound art
Format: Audio file
Bit Rate: 356kbs
Creator: John F. Barber
Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts
Ecoustics is a sound art work exploring how anthropogenic sounds may overpower natural sounds, but not displace them. The work opens, as a door, to the outside world. A river flows through a woodland. Birds call, as do wolves. A rattlesnake is startled in the foreground. Scrub Jays scold from the sides of the sound stage. In the distance, a woodpecker is heard, the soundmark for this soundscape. A moose walks through water, which, splashing, transitions into a thunderstorm, and its rumbling into a idling engine. A ferry whistle signals the start of an arcade sound collage. These anthropogenic sounds drown out the natural sounds, but only temporarily. The sound of the river, now more distant, returns, along with wind in tall grass. A flock of geese pass overhead. Then, at first faintly but slowing becoming more pronounced, sounds of electromagnetic radiation, surrounding us as invisible broadcasts of ambient music. The natural sounds remain, if we know how to listen for them. And when heard, these natural sounds are quite inspiring.