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Listening through the NoiseThe Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music$
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Joanna Demers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387650.001.0001

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Site in Ambient, Soundscape, and Field Recordings

Site in Ambient, Soundscape, and Field Recordings

(p.113) 5 Site in Ambient, Soundscape, and Field Recordings
Listening through the Noise

Joanna Demers

Oxford University Press

Still another grouping of electronic music conceives of sound as meaningful but hears that meaning deriving not so much from the sound’s innate characteristics as from the ways in which sound reflects its situation, its placement both within the physical world and within networks of cultures and other musics. Chapter 5 discusses ambient and chill-out, soundscape, field recordings, and sound art for widely differing tacks on how sound can communicate space, place, and location. Works considered include those by KLF, Tetsu Inoue, Francisco López, Toshiya Tsunoda, and Hildegard Westerkamp. These works rely on sound’s ability to invoke space, place, and location.

Keywords:   ambient, chill-out, field recording, place, situation, soundscape, space

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