After two or three years of using phonography and noise music
(anthrophony?) to find a way of dealing with human-induced noise,
I decided to focus on the sounds of nature.
Discovering Chris Watson’s “Outside the Circle of Fire” (WATSON 2008)
was a more than welcome confirmation of my perception that pure, not
collaged biophonies can have an outstanding aesthetic appeal.
Motivated by the thought of Jakob Johann von Uexküll that each species
or even each individual has an environment of its own (VON UEXKÜLL
1934), I try to go beyond classic traditions of perception (anthropocentrism)
and gain insight in other species’ way of seeing, hearing and living.
From natural hearing (purposefully or accidentally) to mediatised hearing
(via phonography) – my artistic as well as my scientific work is based on the
entire range of motivations and ways of approaching the sound of the
natural world – regardless, whether it’s the sound of an entire habitat or
a single animal or the fundamental sounds of the elements.
So is this blog.
I’d like to thank the following people for inspiration, crucial experiences
and insightful discussions:
Nicole Christ, Yannick Dauby, Daniel Fischer, Jez riley French, Marcus Held,
Bernie Krause, Manuel Richter, Marc Ries, Magnus Robb, Daniel Schiller,
Cheryl Tipp, Chris Watson, Chris Weinheimer and Jana Winderen
Watson, Chris, Outside the circle of fire, 1998
von Uexküll, Jakob Johann, Streifzüge durch die Umwelten von Tieren
und Menschen, 1934
Franke, Patrick, Das natürliche und das mediatisierte Hören, 2008
Koch, Ludwig, Memoirs of a birdman, 1955
Dauby, Yannick, The sound of space, 2007, radio interview