An Imaginary Soundscape

June 2003

Let’s build an imaginary soundscape by imagining we have such a powerful ear that it can perceive sounds coming from an endless acoustic horizon. To participate in the project is very simple: using the appropriate form (click on “to participate”) describe the sounds you are hearing at this moment in the place in where you areā€¦ Sounds coming from the room where you are with your computer, or from your home, or from outside, from the city or the countryside. Describing the sounds as best as possible, it will be easy for us to imagine them, and also to try to synthetize them in a way that resembles them. You can also add any kind of comments and reflections of your own, memories and other thoughts the sounds suggested to you. There is no space limitation: you can also send a recording af the sound itself.

The official language of THEBIGEAR is English, but contributions in every language will be accepted. The goal of THEBIGEAR is to build an imaginary (virtual?) soundscape, consisting of sounds that come from all over the world, from different ways of listening and listening locations, as if an unique big ear (with an unlimited acoustic horizon) perceived them. The software which runs THEBIGEAR automatically will insert your contributions into a hypothetical listening day, maintaining the time your listening report was sent.

The official time of THEBIGEAR is the one of the Aesthetic Flow Bureau, and the times of any single intervention will be related to that time. THEBIGEAR is at the same time a literary and musical operation: the imaginary soundscape we create, will be described by all the contributions we will accumulate in an operation af collective and collaborative writing. At the same time, as soon as the soundscape will be composed, we’ll try to reproduce its acoustic aspect. You can also participate in a continuous way, by signing up in THEBIGEAR mailing list (click on “mailing list”): through the list you will be informed about the progress of the project and kindly invited to send further descriptions of your acoustic environment.