I. Air
For Voice and Field Recording



Sound source: a material object existing in the space-time, i.e. a sound source (e.g. a coffee-maker);

Sound: a physical entity (a vibration) existing in the space-time, produced by the interaction (i.e. the collision) of material objects and propagating through a transmission medium such as a gas, liquid or solid (e.g. the hiss of the coffee-maker);

Auditory object: a perceptual object, i.e. an object as perceived, a mental representation of the sound, conceived as an object segregated from the overall auditory scene and existing in time but not in space

Santarcangelo, Vincenzo. Introduction. The nature of the auditory object and its specific status as an object of perception Published in Rivista di estetica, 66 | 2017

On the surface, deep, focused listening can have a disposition towards understanding sound in great detail. This type of listening can concern itself with auditory perception within the realm of the verifiable.

But our auditory perception is precarious. We convert vibrations into electrical signals to be carried through the auditory nerve into our brain/body. We create our own hearing. We “hear” external sounds. We also “hear” auditory objects (see above). These elements form a bedrock for perception. We place trust in our cognition. We are conditioned to recognize what something sounds like. We take for granted, every day, that what you hear is.

We’re always performing (at least) a duet.