How well do we listen?
To others, to ourselves, to the world around us? Do we take sound for granted or do we find music in the ways the world moves around us?
John Cage once expressed his musical needs were fulfilled by traffic sounds, by the music of chance. If we all listened to the chance music around us, would we change? Would our world change? Does ambient sound and 'noise' affect the way we respond to ourselves, to our pets, to our partners, to strangers?
What do you think?
In June, a fantastic week of field recording and sound art immersion was led by Jez Riley French and Chris Watson in the Scottish Highlands . They (and many other artists and recordists present) make phenomenal work that explores, celebrates and challenges sound and our relationship to it. I was fortunate enough to attend, and the sounds I captured hopefully will make a way into future work. In the meantime, take a moment to sink into these images of the beautiful Cairngorms!