Group Crit

April 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm (Presentations, Crits & Tutorials)

Us PT year 2’ers had our group crit this week.

It was great to get an update on everyone’s project, I think pretty much all of us are in a good position i.e. on track!

I found the session extremely useful. I borrowed my course mates ears (& minds-eyes!), playing them three of my compositions in progress.


Before doing so, I explained that from my experience, soundscape composition is essentially a visual form music; it relies on the listener focusing their ears and engaging their imagination to picture the aural scene taking place. I asked my coursemates to be open/receptive to the spaces they perceived, how these spaces changed, and what they felt like…

Vauxhall Bridge ( I played about 2 mins):


Rain . Wind – Natural scene pictured
Wind = Movement of the cars across bridge perhaps (?)
Rain = Trickling water from large circular drain

The UFO Siren . Imminant danger . Invasion

Apocalyptic scene; cold, desolate

No use of beats (rhythm) – in traditional sense – Using beats (e.g. Window Music) may capture the rhythm and repeatition within the activities in the City.

Rhythm is apparent within some audio used, it’s subtly repeated – the paving stone on Vauxhall Bridge perhaps helped identify this.

Transition from one space to another – second space ‘felt like inside a tunnel’. Muted sound of cars on the bridge ‘appeared above’ and water was dripping.

5 Sketches (I played the first 3):


Structure built / composed seems more chaotic than the actual ‘real’ representation of the City.

Sounds like electronica, not the soundscape

Albert Bridge North:


Bike – seemed aliened, obscure. When bird sound appeared, it made it seem like a normal day –  e.g. an alien purchasing milk from the shops!

Some sound too easy to identify – lost the listener’s interest.

More temporal, less spatial than Vauxhall Bridge composition.

The changes were much more abrupt than Vauxhall Bridge composition – seen as sudden ‘cuts’. Listener was in one space, then suddenly placed within another.

A bridge is an open structure, yet narrow, the direction is defined for us. Our experience of it is more linear, more whole perhaps – so the seemlessness of the Vauxhall bridge composition makes sense. The cuts in ABN could potential represents how we experience cities and the nature of urban space better – it’s fractured, discontinuous nature.

Voices passing by are unknown, anonymous – our relationship with people in the city.


The feedback was excellent, everyone seemed to engage with the work and get something from it – which made me feel more positive about the direction I’ve decide to take things. I will reflect more upon what people said after I finished my other writing.


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