I have listened to two sound walks in the syllabus.
1. Sound Walk 9:09 by John Luther Adams
2. Her Long Black Hair by Janet Cardiff
Each work gives me way different experience through sound.
I listened “Sound Walk 9:09” first, this one change the texture between me and outside of the space where I’m standing. It makes me personal area even I’m in the outside during hear the Sound Walk. Every time, I holding or walking in the street, there is a bunch of information from everything around me like signals, ads, people, cars, sound, light or building. But when the Sound Walk begins, it makes me like an Observer or makes me in personal space wherever I’m standing, and it feels like I’m in the surreal place that even I’m in the real site at that moment.
However, Her Long Black Hair gives me the opposite way of experience than Sound Walk 9:09. I listened this one on the 4th floor 721 Broadway, but when I start to hear Her Long Black Hair, it brought me into the Central Park. The clean three-dimensional sound makes me more space in my head, and this separates me from the real world in a different way than the Sound Walk 9:09. It expands my sense of hearing, and I can imagine what she sees now, and feel the atmosphere of where she is standing.
Both of works are using street sound around them. However, the result is different. I think it depends on how to deal with the ingredient. The first one, “Sound Walk 9:09” uses the street sound to make music. John said he sculpted and filtered these street sounds to reveal resonances, and I think this is creating the surreal texture and atmosphere around listeners, and that fabrication makes different than “Her Long Black Hair” even both are using sound from the real world.
And “Her Long Black Hair,” I feel Janet focused on delivering the story as a real experience through clear and exact ingredient of sound. She makes three-dimensional room in the listeners head using those clean sources, and it makes you feel and imagine the Central Park only by hearing.