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Listen Toward the Ground (a sketch) at ISEA2012

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.

Oilfield Aerial Image
Aerial image of oil and gas fields of Northwest New Mexico. Wellheads marked in red.
Well pad near Aztec, New Mexico
Well pad near Aztec, New Mexico
Jeremiah Moore and Jordan Sawyer checking out sound players at ISEA 2012, in downtown Albuquerque
Jeremiah Moore and Jordan Sawyer checking out sound players at ISEA 2012, in downtown Albuquerque

Video Walk-through

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.

The route:



[ 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.


Our first child was born april 20, 2003. I set out to imagine ways in which the baby hears inside the womb, and make a tapestry out of those imaginings using everyday living sounds as material… Dreaming an image of these familiar sounds as lullaby. His heartbeat is a keynote, recorded by patching into an ultrasonic fetal heart monitor, threaded into driving over expansion joints on the 101 freeway.

Headphones or high quality speakers recommended.