HSS8121 : Walking and Field Recording


Hegel indicate in his ‘Aesthetics ‘ that hearing is the most pureful thing and he takes the sound as the most ideal stuff among the senses.

Walking and field recording is a very interesting and innovative way to carry out a research. Because walking configures our relationship between the body, space and time. Which makes people think some of the suppositions of research methods. More interesting thing is, in fact, the way we walk is influenced by cultural norms. Which means that walking itself  can be an ethnographic technique for understanding space through people’s motion.

I think soundwalks and acoustic ecologies are both creative research methods. Soundwalk is a walk to focus on listening to the environment.  Hildegard Westerkamp defines soundwalking as “… any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.” Likewise, acoustic ecology is a discipline study, which is about research the relationship, mediated through sound, between human beings and their environment.

Here are the sounds that I recorded during the class :

1. people talking, car and wind

2. Street

3. In the elevator

4. The quietest room that I can find

5. Going upstairs