Multi-channel sound composition
Digital Download - One track (Binaural + Ambisonics B-format) - 35:00 [1.623Gb]
13pp pdf booklet of photographs
1. Decomposing Landscape, audio only edition
(Complete work with video and surround sound is forthcoming)
Composed, mixed and produced by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay at ICST, Zurich University of the Arts, during an Artists’ Residency in 2014, under the technical guidance of Johannes Schütt
This award winning work facilitates in-depth observation of transfiguring landscapes that are experiencing decay and destruction. Diffusing the sonic elements in the spatial practice of Ambisonics format the final outcome of the project includes a multi-channel sound composition as well as a surround sound/video installation. The works have been developed through a meticulous collection of materials from various locations at India in extensive fieldworks. The collection of audiovisual documents has been forming a digital archive that has been expended for realizing the work(s).
Methodology of composition consists of incorporating the extensive sonic elements collected from the sites to create an immersive and augmented narrative facilitating a meditative observation. The observation creates the space for in-depth reflections on the intricate processes of environmental decay and destruction that affect the general state of the locale, intertwined with the endangered memories and eroding cultural practices. Apart from shedding light on the transformation of landscape in the auditory perception, the composition also intends to delineate gradual transfiguration of India from the essentially pastoral past gearing fast toward the contemporary urban, rendered in the piece for the wider public.
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Track 1: Decomposing Landscape (extract)