Close to the Rocky Mountains, an ever-present wind lives on the southern prairie of Canada; it shapes Writing-On-Stone, a ‘special place’ in Alberta featuring miles upon miles of sandstone hoodoos and cliff faces adorned with petroglyphs — ancient images scratched and pecked out of the stone.
Leroy Little Bear, a Blackfoot elder and one-time executive director of Native Studies at Harvard University tells of the wind and spirits and how news from the ancestors is transmitted to those who can hear…
Here’s the link to WIND SPEAKS WELL OF YOU.
To experience the immersive wind of Writing-On-Stone, put on HEADPHONES or earbuds for the 3D SOUND presentation. Let the sound sneak up on you and adjust the volume to find the ‘sweet spot’ for your ears.
CHAPTER TWO is brought to you by:
Helen Verbanz, Karna Mital, Ted Chamberlin, Karsten Heuer, Cleo Paskal, Brian Harris, Sue Kenney, John Beardsley, Lynn Thompson, John de Jardin.
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INSIGHT TREKS is on the march (actually, the first episode debuted in February on Cafe Acousmatic, my new programme of electroacoustic music, sound art, and 3D binaural sound).
There will be six episodes dropped in between now and the beginning of the summer (possibly more, if radio and podcast listeners support the making of more aural adventures; 3D ‘locative media’ audio of the sonic architecture of ‘special places’ on the land — more on that in future postings).
You — yes, you! — will always get the first listen to each new instalment. Let’s begin with episode one presented in 3D AUDIO.
Put on headphones or earbuds.
Let the opening sound sneak up on you, and adjust the volume until it feels comfortable to your ears.
This is memory.
Terrifying bolts of lightning on a mountaintop and the ringing of church bells. What do the two events have in common?
Why would bell ringers in 19th century France think a thunderstorm was something they could play with?
And why is persistent sound — the long drone after a bell has been struck — so literally appealing?
This episode of INSIGHT TREKS is brought to you by:
Donald Campbell, Brian Woodward, Rod O’Connor, Don Pugh, Gordon Freeman, Barbara Hartmann, David Whitley, Sarah Crummy, Gillian Pearlstone, Phaedon Sinus, Candas Jane Dorsey.