Hi. I am listening to the Composing with Process from MACBA. It is a hmm a podcast serie of thematic episodes, with works of sound art from 20th century onward curated in 2010-2013 by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore. I am in episode 6 out of 9, and i came across it here on lovely lines.
The format is that most of the episode mostly consist of strange sounds (eg I just had the pleasure of listening to white noise recorded in churches for like 10 minutes), interwoven with a by now familiar, I admit very captivating voice talking about history and philosophy of sound and sound art relating to the theme of the episode. The voice explains how the process and system was constructed, the performance or recording was produced, what the artists have themselves claimed about the work, intentions, sound research &c.
I must say I really like this format. I have heard a lot of strange sounds on my life. Many of them were just that, strange sounds ¯\(ツ)/¯. They could have been anything really, and as someone who has been relatively uneducated on these matters, I had little to pay attention to besides “do I like this?” Narration, and in the case of Composing with Process, narration of the process or system the sounds of which we are listening to is what makes a huge difference. This serie is the best listening experience of my life.
That’s just me. Do you prefer to be introduced into the sounds you are about to listen, maybe how they were created, what phenomena they are inspired by, perhaps what gear was involved? Or rather just listen to other people’s sounds?
In addition, do you like to narrate your own sounds, or when someone else narrates them? Or rather not? Of course a place like lines is where the process, gear and intentions gets discussed.