…60+ recordings of “Gymnopédie 1” played simultaneously. It’s a wonderful, beautiful intervention on the beloved piano piece, composed by Erik Satie in 1888. It’s been written that the Gymnopédies were a precursor to the ambient music tradition, and this is a perfect redux and commentary on that notion. … Continue Reading
Open now until November 22 at Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, “Aftersound” explores the notion of the afterimage, or the lingering psychoacoustic effects of sonic experiences on the human mind and body. If you’re able to get to Pittsburg for this, it looks like one of the most Cooking With Sound exhibits ever.… Continue Reading
Suppose it’s 2 million years ago and you’re a humble A. africanus or P. robustus. You hear the sounds of the forest in sharp detail around you. You hear with critical clarity every nuance of a bird’s call, every grunt and whistle of your hunting party—and the slightest, subtlest cracking of a twig caused by your prey.… Continue Reading
Here’s something a little different: the real voice of David Prowse, the English actor who portrayed most of Darth Vader—everything but the famous voice. The cast and crew had no idea what Darth Vader would eventually sound like during shooting.… Continue Reading
Even though motion pictures began in the 1890s, it was decades before films had soundtracks. If you’ve ever wondered how exactly you get sound out of a piece of photographic film, look no further than this video.
Filmsound.org has an incredible wealth of information on the history of sound in film, and Wikipedia’s article on Sound Film has a whole section on the cultural consequences of sound in movies, such as “an adverse effect on the employability of a host of Hollywood actors of the time,” namely actors with strong accents or “discordant voices.”… Continue Reading
In 1977, Voyager I & II were launched from planet Earth, destined for the outer solar system and beyond. It’s estimated that in 40,000 years, they will each pass relatively close to the stars Gliese 445 and Ross 248 respectively.
As such, it’s only natural to wonder what some alien lifeform might make of such an object if they discovered it, and so it was proposed to include an audio-visual record of humanity’s existence.… Continue Reading
The Guardian reports that a PhD student from St John’s College, Cambridge, stumbled upon a brief piece of music for two voices on a portrait of Saint Boniface dated to 900 CE. It may not have been noticed before due to the use of an obscure notation, Eastern Palaeofrankish, that predates the stave we use today.… Continue Reading