EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS
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Mike Jones, Libby Cohen, Sayun Chan, Andrey
Stolyarov, Jean Carlo Urena Gonzalez, Robert Carl, Ken
Steen, Jianpeng Feng, Yudong Wong (voices)
Kevin Good (field recordings)
notes on listen
recently, I have become interested in the idea of music
blending with the environment the listener is in, rather
than the music creating its own environment. In listen,
I have recorded a balance of sounds that occur naturally
throughout the day and others created intentionally in
imitation of those sounds.
the piece is comprised of four field recordings, collected
in an area near my current home (Avon, CT) at different
times of the day. I listened to each of the recordings and
isolated sounds that I found interesting and then attempted
to recreate them intentionally. I accomplish this either by
shutting a door, opening a mailbox, turning on a sink, etc.
I also imitate sounds by finding a similar instrumental
sound (such as rubbing hands on a bass drum to create a
wind-like sound). the instrumental sounds are mixed very low
and may even been inaudible in most listening situations.
the last compositional element is the human voice, sparsely
utilized and becoming more so throughout the piece. none of
the sounds have been electronically processed in any way.
this work may be listened to in any environment.
listen was originally conceived as a headphone
piece; however, using speakers or other playback methods may
be interesting as well. it is my hope that listen
can remind listeners to pay attention to their environment's
sounds not only when listening to this piece but, when
listening in general.