My original project, submitting for the Listening Machine portion of the course attempted to capture the crowded acoustic atmosphere of the dining hall. With this project, I have used that original source audio again, but this time instead of bombarding the listener with atmosphere, I have tried to curate parts of that audio towards a paired-down composition.
To accomplish this task, I used two parts of the original source audio to capture both the rich acoustic environment in the dining hall as well as individual conversations that occur there. For this human element, I sampled whatever parts of the environmental recordings had recognizable words or phrases. I then played these samples back alongside the original recording. However, I did not leave the original recordings unprocessed for this version of project. Instead, I used spear to select only the parts of the low frequency partials, specifically the parts below 250 Hz that I found interesting. By doing this, I created space in the recording to reintroduce otherwise unnoticeable snippets of conversation.
This method formed the basis of a soundscape that represents an inversion of the dining hall’s acoustic signature: a dark and sparse place lacking the bustle of the dining hall. Because of this method, I hope the listener will begin to recognize not only busy sound of a packed hall, but also the individual sounds and frequencies that come together in the space to create its ultimately psychoacoustic effect.