They say that she heard things.
At Naalagiagvik, The Place Where You Go To Listen, she would sit alone, in stillness. The wind across the tundra and the little waves lapping on the shore told her secrets. Birds passing overhead spoke to her in strange tongues.
John Luther Adams
Each of my soundwalks takes place in a distinct forest locale at a distinct time of day. But each is really about a way of listening to and at the forest edge. The soundwalk takes place in the head and body, in the way of listening, in the attention to the surrounding/motional sound field.
. . . human speaking is necessarily tuned, as well, to the various non-human calls and soundings that animate the local terrain. Such attunement is simply imperative for any culture still dependent upon foraging for its subsistence.
Acoustic Ecology emerged as a defined field during the 1970s, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. There, a cross-disciplinary mix of philosophy, sociology, and art gave rise to the World Soundscape Project. Led by writer and composer R. Murray Schafer, WSP participants collected recordings of urban soundmarks such as noon whistles, harbor horns, and train station ambiences, documented natural soundscapes and tribal history, and conducted interviews to discover how people react to various sorts of sounds encountered in their daily lives.
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Now I will do nothing but listen. . . . I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following, sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night. . .