Winter shades – Ecosons Étude II: Ecological Radio Artwork
Director, Field Recordings and Sound Design: Sam Erpelding
Speaker: Katrin (MacBook Pro – British english voice)
Performers: different Soundscapes around Luxembourg
[Pétange, Lasauvage, Prënzebierg, Garnich, Grass, Clemency, Bauschleiden]
In a visually shaped world, little attention is often paid to the acoustic environment. However, hearing is a vital sense that serves not only for recognition, categorization, monitoring, and surviving, but also for the perception of sound-aesthetic phenomena and eco-sensitive obstacles
in real space. Thus, with the help of sound art, abstractions can be guided into real space and certain focal points can be reformulated from the real to the abstract world.
With the help of a directional and a contact microphone, various soundscapes in south- and northwestern Luxembourg were recorded in December 2020 and January 2021, and the sound signature unique to each location was crystallized. In essence, it seeks to examine the correlation between biodiversity quality and soundscape quality, as well as to highlight the essential characteristics of naturally left and human-modified spaces. In this way, the listener is left to draw his or her own conclusions and is thus made to think and listen.
Sam Erpelding is a sound-artist and sound-engineer based in Luxembourg and in Vienna. He studied computermusic, digital media technologies and sound-engineering in Austria. Under the pseudonym ´Dankwart`, Sam produces electroacoustic and electronic music as well as radio-art.
His compositions are based on soundscape research, field recordings, and computermusic strategies.