Sound Study: Olympic Village

So in the past six months I’ve been thinking about the concept of sound study as something more than a ‘postcard’, a sustained exploration of the geographical, sensory, cultural and social environment through the channel of listening. At the same time understanding that listening is always connected to the other senses and to the social Read more about Sound Study: Olympic Village[…]

Sensory Postcard: Ghost Train 2014

Following last year’s Ghost train ride, I went again this year, and this time I was prepared to record. Last year’s entry is special to me, because it was really one of the first experiences that made me reframe my entries from ‘aural’ to ‘sensory’ postcards. There was something about riding on that tiny rickety Read more about Sensory Postcard: Ghost Train 2014[…]

Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island

So once again, it was the time of my annual pilgrimage to Galiano Island, where I spent two weeks with one dog, two cats, and one girlfriend (one of the weeks). I have listened, thought and written about this before (including at the Acoustic Ecology journal), so nothing new…but this time around I had some Read more about Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island[…]

Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park

So this year for World Listening Day (and by the way it always seems like we in Vancouver – the birthplace of acoustic ecology and all that jazz – always fall short of our international colleagues in terms of taking advantage of the day towards public education and sound awareness) a little group, a subsection Read more about Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park[…]

Sensory Postcard: SFU campus

As an aside note, I am always playing catch-up with all my ‘sensory postcards’ – I take way too many photos, videos and audio recordings and can never manage to turn all of these experiences into blog entries…it really has become about ‘recording to remember now, not remember later’ (the tagline fromĀ fieldnotes). I guess if Read more about Sensory Postcard: SFU campus[…]

London Sound Survey – Hackney year

  This project realized through London Sound Survey is Richard Beard’s 100 recordings of wildlife (mostly birds) in the area of Hackney. What makes this project different and delightful is usually similar projects are based on geo-mapping – mapping single recordings to particular location on a map. This “map” is basically a time-map. Multiple recordings Read more about London Sound Survey – Hackney year[…]

Sensory Postcard: Snowshoeing

I think it was on this snowshoeing hike that I finally realized I had been thinking about this all wrong. It’s not really about aural postcards, it’s about sensory postcards. Snowshoeing is a very loud activity indeed, which is why I am not offering a sound recording. It was simply useless to record anything because Read more about Sensory Postcard: Snowshoeing[…]

Aural postcard: Can-Am championship

Mainly what I wanted to demonstrate here is the chaotic – both visually and sonically – environment of the Can-Am championships, Vancouver 2012. In this corner of the video we see the Qigong competitors moving along to soft music with focus and concentration, next to the more advanced Taiji individual forms. Then the video pans Read more about Aural postcard: Can-Am championship[…]

Aural Postcard: Bikram, the Sound of Yoga

Sadly I wasn’t able to record any of this experience which is prompting me to write…but it is understandable I couldn’t really bring a recorder into a bikram’s studio. The environment there struck me for two reasons, first in a good way and then in an off-putting way. The class started with a series of Read more about Aural Postcard: Bikram, the Sound of Yoga[…]

Review – Finally…My Wisdoms on Inception, The App

I downloaded Inception the app almost right away when it came out, because of course, as an RjDj fan I knew about it. At the time I had a 3G iphone and had a really bad experience with it. It essentially wouldn’t play for me at all…It downloaded – so I assumed it would work, Read more about Review – Finally…My Wisdoms on Inception, The App[…]