Listen Toward the Ground is a site-specific composed soundscape work, intended for listening to while walking a defined route. Using headphones and a voice-guided tour format, it superimposes a recorded and composed soundscape of oil- and gas-field infrastructure onto the soundscape of downtown Albuquerque New Mexico. Drifting fragments of voices knit the personal side of oilfield life into the industrial.
The usually unseen and unheard landscape of energy extraction is brought into parallel with the daily world in which we live our lives.
At ISEA2012, visitors could check out a sound player and headphones and take the self-guided walk.
The sound in this video consists of the program audio, overlaid with audio recorded during the video shoot of the walk.
Headphones or quality speakers recommended.
Listen Toward the Ground (Albuquerque) for ISEA2012 – Video Walk Through
The concept was originated for as-yet undeveloped GPS-driven show-control format, allowing the walk to be guided without the vocal signposting.
If you are in Albuquerque
The walk begins at the Northeast corner of Sixth and Central. Go there and press play.
[ or download mp3 file ]
Concept, sound design and composition, recording and mix by Jeremiah Moore. The recording contains musical improvisation by Friends of the Tank: Max Bernstein, Mark McCoin, Jeremiah Moore, Bruce Odland. The Tank is a developing sonic arts space in western Colorado, learn more at tanksounds.org.
Created for ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness, the convention of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts. Thanks to 516Arts and Bay Area Sound Ecology.
Thanks to Jordan Sawyer and Jessie Hudson, Andrew Roth, Jim McKee and Moment Soundscape Group, Jorge Bachmann, Aaron Ximm, Andrea Williams, Daniel Sawyer, Jerry Sawyer, Abigail Sawyer, Andrea Polli.
Headphones courtesy ME-DI-ATE.NET and Project Soundwave.
Affiliated with Bay Area Sound Ecology, a chapter of American Society for Acoustic Ecology and WFAE, the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.