On “Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art,” Brandon LaBelle
“Sound is intrinsically and unignorably relational: it emanates, propagates, communicates, vibrates, and agitates; it leaves a body and enters others; it binds and unhinges, harmonizes and traumatizes; it sends the body moving and the mind dreaming, the air oscillating. It seemingly eludes definition, while having profound effect…”
SOUND ART AS A PRACTICE HARNESSES, DESCRIBES, ANALYZES, PERFORMS, AND INTERROGATES THE CONDITION OF SOUND AND THE PROCESSES BY WHICH IT OPERATES.
-Sound teaches us that space is more than its apparent materiality
-To receive sound we must be involved in connections: whether that means physically or psychologically-willing
SOUND’S RELATIONAL CONDITION CAN BE TRACED THROUGH MODES OF SPATIALITY
-Sound and space have a constant, dynamic relationship
-Think in terms of “activation”
OPENING UP THE PERSPECTIVES OF SOUND ART
-Sound is always in more than one place
-Is sound a form of consciousness?
-Sound occurs along bodies (but is this always the constant?) – i.e., clapping occurs in the presence of others
-> Sound generates listeners: multiplicity of acoustal viewpoints adding to the acoustical events of sociality
-Can sound be conservative, or how would you explain sound has limitations? (tec
“…the sound wave arriving at the ear is the analogue of the current state of the environment, because as the wave travels, it is charged by each interaction with the environment.” .
“Sound is never a private affair” – what about music? Its ability to encapsulate a state of mind when one is alone.. I often experience this when I am producing art or in the ‘brain-storming’ phase.
SITE SPECIFIC SOUND, + THE LIMITATIONS GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS IMPOSE ON ITS QUALITY