The Acoustic City (edited by Matthew Gandy & BJNilsen)

Format: Book + 22 track CD
Pages: 208

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The acoustic city consists of a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD. The book comprises five thematic sections: urban soundscapes with an emphasis on the distinctiveness of the urban acoustic realm; acoustic flânerie and the recording of sonic environments; sound cultures arising from specific associations between music, place, and sound; acoustic ecologies including relationships between architecture, sound, and urban design; and the politics of noise extending to different instances of anxiety or conflict over sound. This innovative essay collection will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology. CD includes contributions from Félix Blume, Ekkehard Ehlers, Yui Onodera, Schneider TM and many other artists.

How does sound shape urban life? What do soundscapes reveal about the experience of modernity? This innovative essay collection explores a series of critical themes including the diversity of urban soundscapes; acoustic flânerie and different ways of listening to the city; the emergence of specific associations between place, music, and sound; and the acoustic ecology of architecture, landscape and urban design. The collection and accompanying CD will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology.

Track listing:

1. Sandra Jasper Tune in
Field recording. Berlin, February 2014.
Berliner Philharmonie, G left, row 1, seat 18.

2. BJ Nilsen Hampstead Heath
Field recording and composition. London, July 2012.
Bathing pond in Hampstead Heath.
Published by Touch Music (MCPS).

3. David Novak Osaka Train System
Binaural field recordings. Osaka, June 2007.
Sounds of street-level electric train street crossing, Hankyu limited express platform, and Midosuji subway line ticket platform.

4. Yui Ondonera Anonymous Soundscape
Field recording and composition. Tokyo, Japan, 2013.
Electric guitars, violin, and field recordings.

5. Merijn Royaards Composing the City
Percussion and field recordings. London, October 2011.
Sounds recorded in King's Cross, Canary Wharf, Hackney, Blackfriars, and the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

6. Félix Blume Je vous salut marie chuchotté dans l'Abbaye de La Cambre
Field recording. Brussels, September 2009.
Voices of praying nuns in the Abbey de La Cambre.

7. Félix Blume Appel Priere Soir
Field recording. Istanbul, Turkey, August 2012.
Call to evening prayer from several loudspeakers.

8. Kate E. Jones Bats
Field recordings. London, June 2010.
Echolcation calls of Noctule bat, Nyctalus noctula, Common pipistrelle bat, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, and Daubenton’s bat, Myotis daubentoni.

9. SchneiderTM Escalator Transformator
Field recordings and composition. Berlin and Lille, 2011-2013.
Partly processed mobile phone recordings of an escalator in Avenue Willy Brandt, Lille, May 2013, and a transformator in Berlin, September 2011.
Published by La Chunga Music.

10. BJ Nilsen Helsinki, Naples, Marrakech
Field recordings from Helsinki, Naples, and Marrakech. February 2014.
Published by Touch Music (MCPS)

11. Lee Patterson Diptych for Sint-Katelijnesplein
Field recordings and composition. Brussels, September 2012.
Recorded with hydrophones.

While walking through Place Sainte-Catherine, I spotted hundreds of aquatic insects in a shallow pool and fountain. I knew that these water boatmen could be quite vociferous, being mostly Micronecta with some coroxids also. Upon placing hydrophones into the water, I was surprised to hear not only the micronecta calling to one another (the coroxids were strangely silent) but also the metro trains arriving at the station below. Both were accompanied by the footsteps and wheeled cases of passers-by on the cobblestones above—vibrations transmitted through the solid substrate into the water. I returned two days later to make further recordings, the fountain pool had been drained of all water along with the insects that inhabited it. Lee Patterson

12. Simon James Phillips #2 (Excerpt)
Piano. Berlin, August 2008.
Recorded by Peter Lenaerts in Podewil, Berlin.

Instant compositions scored in real-time in one uninterrupted movement through different rooms and spaces. A piano player improvises in an empty room. Over time the recordist travels around and away from the piano and explores first the space, and then the adjacent rooms and floors of the building. While the pianist plays with the acoustics and reverberation of the room, the sound is further shaped and transformed by how the recordist uses the different rooms and their features. The architecture becomes an editing device that continuously changes the texture and quality of the recordings.
Simon James Phillips

13. Olivia Block Untitled for piano, bells, cassettes
Composition. Chicago, February 2014.

14. BJ Nilsen Abney Park Cemetery
Field recording. London, April 2012.
Sounds of various birds including Blackbird, Terdus merula, Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Dunnock, Prunella modularis, Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Great Tit, Parus major, Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes, and Magpie, Pica pica. Published by Touch Music (MCPS).

15. Matthew Gandy Abney Park Woodpeckers
Field recording. London, January 2011.
Sounds of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopus major, with Magpie, Pica pica, and other birds in the background.

16. Matthew Gandy Cacerolazos
Field recording during demonstration. Buenos Aires, June 2008.

17. Pascal Wyse Honky
Field recording. Lyon, October 2007.
Recording made from hotel window on Place Bellecour during a taxi strike.

18. Godé Lofombo Bambinga FARDC
Music. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2009.
Intro/Outro BJ Nilsen, Reinickendorf, near Tegel airport.
Field recording. Berlin, Germany, February 2014.

19. Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen Chamissoplatz
Guitar improvisations and sound collage. Berlin, March 2014

20. Chris Watson Street market
Field recording. Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, Northern India, January 2011.
Published by Touch Music (MCPS)

21. VENOZ TKS Strawberry Sellers
Field recording. Marrakesh, Morocco, February 2014.
Published by Field Music (MCPS).

22. Ekkehard Ehlers Maria & Martha
Composition. Berlin, Germany, 2006.
Originally released on the album A Life Without Fear (2006).
Published by Freibank.

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