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The aim of this project is to pursue a hands-on research on sound in urban space and to enter into a dialogue within different media (sonic, linguistic, visual) in order to reflect on our different experiences. With this collection of scores we want to make these experiences available to everybody. 


Through the corona pandemic we found ourselves suddenly living in two different countries - planned workshops, activities and residencies were cancelled: we had to develop new working methods in order to continue to work and share our research despite the changed circumstances. So we created scores for each other, that we could perform while being in two different locations. We used written or spoken assignments, sound transmission through mobile radio or the transfer of audio recordings. An edited version of these assignments form the base of a growing collection of scores, downloadable from the menu below. The actions can be performed in tandem with another person at another location. They cover the following fields:

What: architecture / urban space / social environment
How: perception / interaction / reflection 
Action: walk / listen / stream / perform

During our experimentation with these new formats we found it very interesting to have a conversation immediately after the actions were finished. Therefore we decided to include the aspect of reflection and dialogue in the scores, too in the form of questions.

Many of the actions require some technical equipment e.g a sound recorder, headphones, bluetooth loudspeakers, under TOOLKIT we give some more insight in the toolset we are using.





01 - SYNCHRONOUS

AUDIOVISUAL WALK

Find two long and busy streets in two different cities. Through an realtime audio-video connection two performers can see each others view and they can hear each others sonic ambience.

Mode 1: the action starts with 3 minutes of both performers standing still
Mode 2: performer one starts to walk, while the other remains standing.
Mode 3: after 3 minutes performer two starts to walk while the other stops
Mode 4: after 3 minutes both performers walk simultaneously

when action is finished they start a conversation based on the following questions:
- how did your perception of space change in the 4 different modes?
- how did your listening change in the 4 different modes?
- when did you inhabit your own body more?
- when did you inhabit the virtual space of the other more?

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Realization Brussels - L'Aquila Date:10.08.2020





NO# 02 - BACK AND FORTH

Find a place at a distance of maximum 500 meter from where you are and where you can stop and sit down (a park with benches, for example).

Begin the streaming and start to walk with your equipment to your destination,consider it as an extension of your body and don’t use headphones. While walking observe what is around you.
Once you arrive at your destination, sit down and describe aloud your sensations about what you have seen and heard.

Then walk back to the starting point following exactly the same path continuing to stream the soundscape.

Once you are where you started your walk find another place where to sit and describe again your sensation and see if it has changed.
Talk with the person who was listening to your streaming and share your experience.

How does repetition change the perception?
Is it possible to discover new things in repetition?

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Realization Dresden Date 20.09.2020





NO# 03 - IN / OUT (LISTENING TO THE TRANSITION)

Person A prepares the assignment which consists of a list of 3 different accessible spaces that can be reached from person B’s starting point within a 3-4 minutes walking distance (see example below). They can be both indoor or outdoor spaces but must have a significant difference in their acoustic properties.

Person B gets ready by memorizing the sequence of the three places and preparing the audio equipment. Person B starts the action by pressing record. Always before transitioning between two spaces Person B says aloud: “I am changing” When the walk is done, person B stops the recording and transfers the audio file to person A. Person A listens to the audio file in its entire length, possibly taking notes. Directly afterwards both share their experience within a conversation considering the following questions:
- what makes you notice the change between two different spaces?
- static listening position?

Example: Score No# 3 for l’Aquila, Italy Starting point: viale Nizza 1 1. change: step outside the house, walk to Parco del Castello 2. change: enter the park, walk to Church Chiesa del crocifisso 3. change: go into the church, walk from there to the Tennis dome “Circolo Tennis” 4. change: enter the tennis dome, walk around and then go back to your apartment

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Realization Brussels - L'Aquila Date:05.12.2020
Example: Score No# 3 for l’Aquila, Italy
Starting point: viale Nizza 1
1. change: step outside the house, walk to Parco del Castello
2. change: enter the park, walk to Church Chiesa del crocifisso
3. change: go into the church, walk from there to the Tennis dome “Circolo Tennis”
4. change: enter the tennis dome, walk around and then go back to your apartment





NO# 04 - GEOMETRIC PLACE EXAMINATION


This action can be performed by two people in two different places: Both participants go outside to the nearest medium size square. On the way to the square look for a empty tin can (or bring one from your home)

At the square, stand in the centre, put the can on the ground and start the recording - keep the recorder in your hand and directing in the direction of sight.

For 5 breaths listen closely to your surrounding, then kick the can - try to make it move for a longer distance. When the can comes to a rest, walk towards it and stand right next to it.
Again: for 5 breaths listen carefully to your surrounding, pay notice to the change that occurred due to the change of your position and body orientation. Then kick the can again into another direction and repeat the steps above. Kick the can in total 10 times over the place, in different directions and lengths. Then stop your recording.

After you finished and returned home, set up an immediate phone or video call and share your impressions - within the conversation ask each other also the following questions: How did your perception changed based on your position and orientation? Over the whole duration of this action: did your perception of volume (loudness) and contrast change?

Then exchange the recorded audio-files and make an edit the includes both recordings, in which the sound of the tin can alternates between the two places. Listen to your sound-file together.


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Realization Brussels - L'Aquila Date:2020





NO#05 - WALKING IN THE DARK


Choose a building. Position the speaker at a specific point in the structure and do the same with your recorder. Press record on your recorder. Connect your phone to the speaker. Play your sounds (with an audio generator app)

You can then choose whether to change the position of the speaker, leave it fixed in one place or move it, or move the recorder instead. When you have finished your recording, in order not to change too much of the space you have committed to your work, edit it as little as possible and create a file of about ten minutes. Send the file to your work partner together with the list of questions below. Ask your partner to record his/her answers, discuss and exchange your spatial impressions.

Is it possible to imagine where we are?

What do the sounds tell you about a given space?

Can you perceive the different shapes of space (architectural, sonically)?

Can you perceive the volumes and the dimensions (architectural, sonically)?

Can you feel the movements of the body through space?

What about the history of this place?

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Realization 03.01.20201 - L'Aquila, Italy

Soundfile: walking in the dark



NO#06 - ON / OFF (RUNNING)


This is an action that can be performed by two people in two different places:
Download the audio track score06.mp3 onto your smartphone or mp3 player.
Take your headphones, go outside and define a starting point. Start the playback: Whenever you hear white noise, run! Whenever the noise stops stand still and listen carefully to your surrounding.

After you finished and returned home, set up an immediate phone or video call and share your impressions - within the conversation ask each other also the following questions:

How did your awareness of space changed through the alternation between runningstanding still, listening to white noise - environment?
Is your listening influenced by your breathing?

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NO#07 - THREE STONE CIRCLES

This is an action that can be performed by two people in two different places:
Go to a metrostation that has an escalator. On the way to it look on the floor for two medium sized pebbles and take them with you. If you want you can record all three actions

CIRCLE ONE: In front of the metrostation look for a piece on the ground with a rather smooth surface. Take out one stone from your pocket and begin to draw with it a circle on the floor with a diameter of maximum 50 cm. Keep your movement slow and uninterrupted for around one minute and listen to the sound it makes and the vibrations in your fingertips.

CIRCLE TWO: Now go to the escalator and go up and down three times while touching the wall at your side slightly with the stone (don’t make scratches). Listen to the sound it makes and the vibrations in your fingertips.

CIRCLE THREE: Go to the biggest space in the metrostation, take out the second stone. In a silent moment, hit the two stones together for three times. Listen how the noise travels and reveberates in the space. Wait half a minute, then repeat the clapping. Wait again half a minute then clap for the last time.

After you finished and returned home, set up an immediate phone or video call and share your impressions - within the conversation ask each other also the following questions: What is the connection between the three actions, for you? What is the relationship between touching and listening?


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NO#08 - SPACE ERASER

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NO#09 - CLOSED / OPEN EYES

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NO#10 - FIVE EXCERCISES TO LISTEN WITH YOUR BODY


INTRODUCTION

What is embodied experience? Around 100 years ago Edmund Husserl claimed in his work Phenomenology of Embodiment that it is through the lived body, its movement and sensation capabilities, that we experience the world around us. From this follows that perception is always an active encounter, a co-production so to say of the perceiver and the perceived through bodily aspects in both. He actually calls it correlation, a correlation between “experiencing” and that which is experienced. Husserl was also one of the first thinkers that coined the term intersubjectivity. The following exercises aim to engage with this process of correlation and to make it eventually more conscious to the perceiver. If you want to do the headphones you have to go outside with a pair of headphones and follow the instructions. Each exercise focusses on another pair of aspects, but all require listening and an active sensing of space. For each exercise a different site has to be chosen, for the last one a mobile loudspeaker is required.

ONE
First I want you to go outside, go to a busy place in a city. Stand there in the centre of this place and really listen to it. Acknowledge how your position and your listening makes you experience this space as a whole in all its dimensions. (after a minute or two) Now move towards one wall and stand in front of it, really close your face almost touching it, and your arms stretched out towards the sides, your arms resting on the surface. In this position listen again to the space at your back, and acknowledge how your position and your listening makes you experience the space. After some moments of focus ask yourself: did your understanding of the space, its dimension, volume and “feel” change in comparison to the previous mode of listening?

TWO
Now go inside a building with public access and look for the largest room – it can be for example a foyer, a hotel lobby, a shopping mall or a church. Stand there in the centre of the room and listen to every detail, scan the space with your ears and all other senses. Get a precise understanding of the volume and the unique quality of this room. Now close your eyes and imagine that you are walking. Imagine your feet are moving now – one step after one step - imagine you are walking around the space, really focus on the sensation of walking. Then, still within the mode of walking, turn your attention towards back to the room, to all its sounds. Ask yourself: is there a difference how you understand space now, how you experience its dimensions, volume, its “feel” ... After a while open your eyes and leave the building.

THREE
Look for a park and find a quiet spot somewhere on a grass lane, where you have some space for yourself and you won’t be interrupted by other people. Close your eyes and listen to all sounds around you, as far as your ears can reach. Now place your hands on your forehead, from there move them very slowly to the back of your head, gently stroking upon your hair, then moving them down the neck, onto your shoulders. From the shoulders move them to the middle of your chest and then upwards, upon your face back to your forehead. While you move your hands Listen to the sounds this movement makes in your head, in your ears, in your fingertips, in your bones.. Make the same circular movement another two times, really slow and focus on the togetherness of listening and touching. What makes you hear?

FOUR
Change again your location, go somewhere where things and people are moving, where you can eventually hear machines or motors. Close your eyes and listen to your surrounding. Within the many sounds you hear, identify a persistent noise, a sound that remains. Now choose one body part and express with it the sensation of this continuously changing and evolving sound with subtle movements, as if this body part was the sound you are hearing. Now, while keeping your attention on the persistent noise, search for a second ongoing noise and choose a second body part that expresses this noise with subtle movements. Keep your attention on both noises equally and embody them with the spontaneous movements. Then open up your listening and acknowledge the wider field these two sounds are embedded in. Reduce the movements and come to rest, immerse yourself fully in the sonic field around you. After some time, bring your attention back to your body and open your eyes.

FIVE
Find a quiet place somewhere in the city where you can sit quietly and where you would feel save to close your eyes for a larger period of time. Take the loudspeaker that you brought with you, connect it to your phone and play back the sound file that I have sent to you. Sit down, close your eyes and listen. Whenever you hear a sound from the loudspeaker, pay attention to the sensation or movements it creates within your body and how long this internal effect persists.

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