Inventions For Radio #17: “Subtle Listening”: especially composed for the Concertzender by Kim Cascone.
Cascone beschrijft zijn ‘Subtle Listening’ als volgt: I had the following epiphany while rushing to catch a connecting flight in Stockholm: there was no ear training for sound artists. While musicians learn solfège and audio engineers learn to troubleshoot audio problems with their ears, sound artists working with sound have no formal method available for developing their listening skills.
On my connecting flight I reflected on my own path as a sound artist. Starting in music school, then working as an audio technician, later as a sound editor in film, and head of a record label – I saw each discipline contributing different strengths to my listening skills. Later, on my connecting flight, I wrote down many of the practices I’d developed over the 30 years of my working with sound and reworked them later into a collection of meditation and listening exercises which I present in my Subtle Listening workshops. In order to develop the “inner ear” one has to learn how to connect with the world in a deeper and more meaningful way and meditation greatly helps to facilitate this. The two pieces you will hear tonight are referred to as “entrainment audio” and were created specifically as an aid to quiet the “thought chatter” that often disrupts meditation. To get the full effect of the Binaural and Isochronic beats you will need to listen to this broadcast with headphones. Sit in a comfortable position, wear loose clothing, and dim the lights. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing and allow the sound to envelope you – but try not to listen to the audio as “music” as this engages you in a way that is unhelpful to the non-focus of meditation. San Francisco, February 11, 2013. For more information: http://www.anechoicmedia.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Cascone