Recently my name was short listed amongst incredible field recordings on SoundFly, an audio educational website with great content that is definitely worth following (I’m still stunned by this!!)
What Patrick McGuire writes is spot on: Pons considers her work as a way to relate to and understand elements of the world around her.
After some years working audio in some platforms, roles and different projects, there has been some particularities that ressonante with me more (I will use this pun ad eternum) and that I want to transmit through the work I do. With this I found a deep interest on ethnology. These sort of questions I have been grasping in previous articles about awareness with field recording and I keep using the example of the business man in the suit and the man that lives in the forest: how does each perceive their own environment and how and what would they listen if they swapped places?
This is also probably why I do enjoy stealth recording with a minimal setup, because of low interference within an environment. Just yesterday, I visited a tiny tiny museum inside Râșnov Citadel (Romania), that was nothing of ordinary. I could tell you how the man that owned the place looked but what if I showed you a stealth recording of the interiors? You would notice a very small indoor place, the exterior silence of 723m altitude, roughness of all the snow just outside, one Age of Empires II song playing on the background on a loop (yep) and me asking if he spoke english to which a prompt “no” reply followed. I then picked up an old newspaper print and asked if it was him to which he said proudly “yes, alpinist, Mont Blanc”.
There is so much to be said about this and a small introduction can be found on my previous post about sound design. As time passes by I am more inspired through literature, photography, history, nature and peoples. And this is why I consider sound design a multidisciplinary art and the right approach to it (as supervisor or sound designer) is a gathering of all of these. And there seems to be no limit on what you can learn and how to improve you art through these learnings.
What do you think?
2 thoughts on “Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries”
I agree. We move through our environment using our senses to navigate and to understand it. Although focusing on one “sense” by using, for example, photography or sound is both valid and necessary, I think the interdisciplinary mixing is very important. I find moving the focus through these ways of experiencing our world very exciting. And I like this “stealth” idea very much.
Hi Charles! Thank you for your comment. I agree with you. Through a multidisciplinary approach I find alternative ways to understand and look into facts or impressions and it might allow one to me more truthful to other’s experiences.