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What did you find?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bennett Hogg


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The title “What did you find?” asks the audience to decide what the sounds “mean”, but also reflects my fascination with “found” objects. Three “found” sounds are used, an old viola played with excessive bow pressure, acoustic feedback that is specific to a particular studio space in Newcastle, and recordings of the Saltsjobanan, part of Stockholm’s public transport network. The high frequency feedback sounds are taken to one extreme of hearing, sometimes reaching the pain threshold and obliterating other sounds. When they subside the other sounds can be heard as though intense pressure has been removed from the ears. By contrast, the public transport sounds appear on the opposite threshold of hearing, an almost inaudible ambience. Both of these sound types are extreme, and in their different ways they interfere with “natural” listening - one obliterates details, the other forces us to strain to hear details. Between these extremes, the viola sounds seem almost organic, human-sized and alive. The piece was completed during January 2007 at EMS Studios, Stockholm, following an invitation to work there from EMS director, Mats Lindström.

Publication metadata

Composer(s): Hogg B

Publication type: Musical Composition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2007

Type of Work: Electroacoustic competition


Notes: performances to date: installed at Royal Victoria Baths, Manchester, as part of FutureSonic07 festival. scheduled for radio broadcast June-July 2007 by Art Radio, Corenerhouse, Manchester. scheduled for live diffusion, Fylkingen, Stockholm, late 2007.