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Listening to Landscapes: On the Relationship between sound and image in The Sonification of Morecambe Bay and au fil du temps

Boynton, Neil (2013) Listening to Landscapes: On the Relationship between sound and image in The Sonification of Morecambe Bay and au fil du temps. In: Aux Ecoutes des Images. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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Abstract

In 2006 I was involved as workshop leader and participant in the project ‘Re-Enchantment and Reclamation: New Perceptions of Morecambe Bay’ hosted by Lancaster University, UK (http://www.re-enchantment.org.uk/). The sound and film workshops reconsidered our relationship with landscape, attempting to fashion a new understanding of the environment in light of recent philosophical and technological advances. For me, this was the trigger for a series of experiments in time-lapse photography, the first located in the bay, the second in the alpine regions of Haute Savoie. This paper will explore how the soundtracks for the videos that resulted from these photographic experiments relate to the visual imagery. For the Morecambe Bay video, data from a weather station, mounted on the same building as the camera, was used to control elements of the soundtrack, creating an emphatically literal relationship between sound and image. The soundtrack for the alpine video was created from a set of algorithmically generated layers, which have an impressionistic relationship with the images, evincing in different ways a sympathy with the rhythms and emergent themes of the video. Both soundtracks are in their own ways tightly coordinated with the visual imagery.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: sound-image relations ; sonification ; data-mapping ; landscape ; environment ; auditory driving
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 54453
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 May 2012 10:29
Refereed?: No
Published?: Submitted
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 23:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54453

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