By Ricciarda Belgiojoso
Whereas we're used to taking a look round us, we're much less used to hearing what occurs round us. And but, the noises we produce exhibit our lifestyle, and studying to grasp them is a need. This ebook goals at drawing the reader's cognizance to the sound of the city setting. the subject is via its very nature advanced, because it comprises sounds and noises, city area and social actions. utilizing an interdisciplinary strategy, it examines an incongruous choice of experimentations from the domain names of track, artwork and structure. major case reports of items of track, public paintings works and clinical learn within the box of city making plans are analyzed, investigating the equipment which have been followed and the aural strategies which were generated. It then makes use of the findings to reconstruct the underlying theories and practices and to teach what can be drawn from those methods utilized to city making plans. the general target is to benefit to construct and increase area with sound, arguing that there's a have to re-examine structure and concrete making plans past the basically actual, and to seem to the realm of the humanities and different disciplines. In doing so, the publication publications the reader towards a sensorial structure, and extra as a rule towards consciously developing environmental structure that is sustainable and connects with paintings and which diffuses a tradition of sound.
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The properties and the musical potential of sound-objects are considered, according to the possibility of inserting the perceived sounds into a musical organization. Concrete music carried on the process of appropriation of urban sounds that had been commenced in the beginning of the century—in his writings Schaeffer discusses Russolo and Varèse and their music made of sounds extraneous to even temperament (since 1931, Varèse’s orchestral works include sirens and anvils). The theoretical method accompanying Schaeffer’s experimentations marked a further step, wanting to define valid categories to interpret all sound and noise phenomena.
5 3 The term acousmatics dates back to Pythagoras, who tutored his students from behind a screen, so as not to let his presence distract them from the content of his lectures. 4 Pierre Schaeffer, Traité des objets musicaux (Paris: Seuil, 1966). 5 See Michel Chion, Guide des objets sonores (Paris: INA-Buchet/Chastel, 1983). Concrete Music 31 Typology and Morphology of Musical Objects Shaeffer’s music research program was based on solfeggio, the art of practicing listening. Once again, he proposed an experimental and concrete process, excluding predefined statements with the intention of acquiring appropriate knowledge about sound objects.
In March 2008, for the 14th edition of the Harbour Symphonies in Pointe-à-Caillère, the concert celebrated the 400 years of French settlement and was entitled An echo to the sea, in homage to Samuel de Champlain, the founder of New France. The Museum of Pointe-à-Caillère, organizer of the event, commissioned to composer and guitarist Martin Leclerc a piece of music that would have had to include the sirens of the boats in harbour. Leclerc’s work was written for five sirens, a tugboat, two trains, the Church of Notre Dame’s bells, trumpet and percussions.