audience : hearing

Drever, John L.. 2007. audience : hearing. [Composition]

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Creators: Drever, John L.
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This work asks the question, what is present in silence? Is one person's silence different from another's? An installation of minimal, human sound in a visually empty space, "audience : hearing" is quiet, delicate and intimate. An apparently empty space gradually gathers presence as the visitor begins to perceive the sounds of human silence. Layers of ambient sound are inlaid with the small, intimate traces of many individual presences, a breath taken in, the sound of someone swallowing, shifting in a chair. These traces of personal silence are heard sometimes individually, sometimes layered over one another, contrasting and merging, building to create the sense of an invisible gathering of people in the installation space, a presence both eerie and intimate. Drawn from audio recordings of over 100 ten-minute 'interviews' in which contributors were invited to remain silent with the interviewer Rachel Gomme, "audience : hearing", edited, organised and juxtaposed by John Levack Drever, explores the quality of the silent presence, offering the visitor a sense of time spent in silence with others, a chance to focus on the intimate details of being which are often masked by speech and action, and an opportunity to add their own, living silence to this gathering.

Contributors: Gomme, Rachel (Collaborator)
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DVD 5.1 Surround

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Music
Music > Unit for Sound Practice Research
Date range: 4/28/2007
Item ID: 1770
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 15:42
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 09:34


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