Yolande Harris > Scorescapes Spectograms

Underwater sounds, and sounds beyond human hearing range present a fascinating area of research and raise particular musical questions about the nature of our material. I have been working with these ideas over the past months, and at the studio at Steim I’m pulling together sounds and images collected on a recent residency in Florida with Alvin Lucier and David Dunn, recordings of space and underwater sounds including dolphin. A recent visit to the Bio-Acoustics Lab at UPC in Barcelona brought my attention to the applied nature of sound research in science, and the complementary reliance on vision to see sounds and patterns that might otherwise be missed in enormously complex data. So I’m looking further at the relation between sound and image in environmental conditions and trying to gather material for live performances that include acoustic instruments as part of the sound environments.

dolphin echolocation clicks

dolphin echolocation clicks (image by Yolande)

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