As sea levels rise and wildfires burn, «Only Expansion» remixes the sound of the city around you to experience sonically how your own life might change in the future. A beautifully made guidebook prompts you to explore the city, choosing your own route, while headphones with customised electronics capture and manipulate the sounds around you. Field recordings of climate collapse blend into your surroundings, you begin to hear your city as if it was underwater or beaten by dry desert winds. Inducing a sense of telescopic detachment, the impression becomes nearly cinematic, focusing a kind of documentary attention on the everyday places we inhabit. A visceral and poetic reflection on what it means to live on a planet in crisis, «Only Expansion» connects the here to the elsewhere, letting you experience our tangled ecology through sound.
Duncan Speakman is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. He creates narrative sound led experiences that engage audiences in uncontrolled public and private space. He regularly creates bespoke work internationally including installations on trains in Guangzhou, loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto; he has also recently developed a number of hybrid print/digital experiments. His current research is in the relationship between locative urban audio experiences and contemporary ecology, wrapping the questions in melancholy and romance.
Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol
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