Mapping spaces through sounds

From the last discussion we had, I decided to map down the sounds that we heard throughout the walk as I believe, I used my ear a lot more than the eye as a different way of seeing and comprehending the situation. The sound that I’m talking about is the first, the sound of the original narrator. Second, is the sound of another character, another woman that somehow is a part of her. And third, the occasional voices, which are assumed belongs to the detective and fourth, the mysterious secret lover with deep voice. From the recordings, it was the sounds that take us to places. The small footsteps acknowledge us that we are in relaxed pace, echo sounds give us a view that she’s in enclosed space, the sounds of the busy city, the birds chirping, the church choir, the gunshots that she imagined happen, some indian songs playing when walking through the lanes and other small detail sounds that provoke our own imagination of settings. From my interpretation, I intend to follow and map down the sounds to recreate the settings/space from what I imagine and at the same time, to understand her ‘The Missing Voice’ walk. The kind of mapping that I intend to do is to draw lines with different lengths creating certain forms, sizes that indicate the emotion at particular time of recording and thus, the size of the space/setting it takes place. At the same time, overlaying them with the different voices in the recordings, suggesting they work coherently all together as a complete space/settings. Still, it is under progress that I’m still figuring out the best ways to represent the sounds. Is it the lines, colour palette? I found some works by Emma Mcnally that uses lines as work of force, creating rhythm as an expression of the dynamic of forming/unforming. The lines combine, disperse and recombine. It is an attempt to create a state of flow of passages between these forces. As stated from Cardiff’s website, a write up by James Lingwood, “Cardiff ’s walk takes us – a city which, as the narrator tells us, “is infinite. No-one has ever found an end to the pattern of streets.” 20150925_194505

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  1. Its an interesting idea to use the line to measure the different sounds your hear throughout the walk as well as how you saw more with your ears that your eyes while experiencing the walk. It would be great to capture the heightening of one sense in the drawing, and how the line and its rhythm change over the course of the walk. How do the lines behave differently when multiple sounds occur at once – try to show a clear set of criteria on how the drawing should be read in order to understand this auditory experience and how it maps onto the space we inhabit while walking through Cardiff’s story. Looking forward to seeing how it develops for Tuesday!

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