Aural Landscaping

My Walk/Listen/Respond project has evolved into something more performative now I’m working in collaboration with Stephen Donnelly. Today we’ve been synchronizing our MP3 players and comparing experiences and results. It’s interesting to see how far into an album it took before we’d both completed the Walk/Listen/Respond rules and got a photograph we felt happy with.

To begin with I felt under pressure to deliver, almost competitive in what I was looking for, but this disappeared once I relaxed into my own headspace. I was also slightly freaked out by the idea that somewhere in the same town as me, perhaps only a few streets away, somebody else had their headphones on and was listening to exactly the same album as me, at exactly the same time, and listening intently in order to synchronise their visual landscape with their aural experience.

Any coincidences (forced or otherwise) ended there and we each found completely different routes and experiences. We repeated Walk/Listen/Respond three times and with three different albums. The first album was chosen by me so I was on familiar ground, the second was Steve’s choice, then the third was chosen by a neutral party who selected something neither myself nor Steve had heard before.

Here’s today’s result. I’ve used the DangerDoom album before but it was new listening for Steve. I’ll be sharing the other results over the next few days.

Project: Walk/Listen/Respond

Rules: [1] Set MP3 to random album, [2] Walk, [3] When what you hear can be represented by what you see then take a photograph, [4] document your findings [5] no edits, no crops, no photoshop or alterations of any kind.

DangerDoom The Mouse and The Mask Track: Old School



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