“Rorschach Audio” lecture-demonstration recorded at the Argos Centre for Art & Media, Brussels, organised with the sonic arts platform Overtoon, 13 Feb 2014. This video documents a number of arguments not included in the earliest “Rorschach Audio” lectures – “Speech itself is an art-form”, “The earliest from of sound recording technology was… written language”, “Sound art is one of, if not the, most mainstream… of cultural commodities”, the discourse about the sonic art of the 17th century dramatist John Dennis, and demonstrations of Sine-Wave Speech and of the illusions produced by “The Analysis of Beauty” installation (alongside older elements like clips from the film “Orphée” by Jean Cocteau). The Q&A then responds to some great questions – discussing Pawel Jastreboff’s theory of tinnitus and auditory hypersensitivity; Erik Bunger’s exhibit “The Girl Who Never Was”, the “ear-lids” hypothesis and Theodor Adorno; the role of evolutionary biology in the formation of perceptual faculties; debate about analogue vs. digital in context of music perception; then finally debate about the role of religious identity and of the Vatican in the EVP movement. Thanks again to Aernoudt Jacobs and to Ive Stevenheydens.
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Almost as “postmodern” as the hidden messages in the You Tube videos of the Spongebob Squarepants theme-tune… REVERSED
Thanks to Simon Halsberghe for the heads-up!
Bearing in mind the original price of “Rorschach Audio” was just £10, all reasonably priced copies are now sold-out – apologies to anyone who didn’t get in there fast enough; at the time of writing the cheapest available copy is £1,200…
“Rorschach Audio” reviewed (in Dutch) in Gonzo Circus (Muziek, Kunst, Meer) …
Speech-synthesis and sine-wave speech demonstration video, prepared for the artist project Disinformation, premiered in the PoetryFilm “Sounds of Love” event, at the Southbank Centre, London, 19 July 2014. “Sounds of Love” was conceived and curated by Malgorzata Kitowski, and featured performances, readings and films by Billy Childish with Eugene Doyen, Sarah Pucill, Eduardo Kac, Disinformation, Tim Cumming, Cristina Viti with Gad Hollander, Malgorzata Kitowski, John Smith, and Simon Barraclough with Oliver Barrett and Jack Wake-Walker.
One interesting aspect of sine-wave speech is that contrary to one misconception, sine-wave speech demonstrations do not normally produce illusions of sound. What listening to sine-wave speech demonstrations reveals to listeners is instead the projective aspect of auditory perception. Now, that projective faculty may also (very occasionally and from time-to-time) cause us to experience audio illusions, but, as with most other perceptions, the specific perceptions experienced as a result of learning to “read” meaning into sine-wave speech are usually accurate, not illusory. The meanings that, after exposure to the original naturally-recorded voices, then “jump-out” of previously obscure sine-wave speech, are real meanings – with the effect that what such demonstrations really show listeners is how learning and how knowledge contribute to the active formation of (illusory and real) perceptions. Note some of the audio content in this sequence is decidedly tongue-in-cheek.
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