August 17, 2011
6:30 - 9:30
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
Within the practice paradigm of soundscape composition the composer records sounds from the urban and natural environments and takes those sounds back to studio where they are re-oriented through use of technology.
Soundscape composer Phil Thomson, MFA chose to work within a specific area of Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. where he will conduct a soundwalk and re-position a composition within the actual site of its origin. This repositioning is atypical of the practice of soundscape.
The soundscape composition is traditionally "performed" in a concert hall or gallery setting, yet through the concept of soundwalks, can be positioned in outdoors settings. Once considered abstract and unusual when first spawned in the 1970's, the past thirty years has seen not only the advent of digital technology that is ubiquitous, mobile and provides for a more locative arts practice; but also a global community of artists, patrons, and audiences has emerged. The praxis behind such composition and the methods that are ascribed to it and recognized by this global community, reflects an established tradition permeating the genre.
For this project LocoMotoArt, re-inserted the actual performance aspect of soundscape composition squarely back into the specific natural setting from which the sounds were first captured. This reversal of practice paradigm interested us, because this contra-method informs us and leads to empirical realizations about the differences, challenges and alliances between humans, nature and technology. By assessing knowledge from the flux of the challenge to previous boundaries, pre-conceived notions change and thus the creative act becomes a new perspective [Bohm].
PHIL THOMSON BFA and MFA from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, is a digital audio artist and computer music composer whose compositions have been incorporated into performances by dancers and choreographers. Additionally, his works have been presented at sound festivals in Canada, such as the Sonic Boom Festival and the Vancouver New Music Festival at various artist centres and the United States at the NWEAMO Festival. He is interested in the development of sound processing techniques such as resonators, convolution and granulation.