LISTENING TO THE CITY: SNOWFALL

BY RODDY HAWKINS. No. 5 from Listening to the City / Listening to Ourselves, a 5-part series by Roddy Hawkins Years ago, during a cold, dark and beautiful winter’s evening in a suburb of an old European city I did not know, I took shelter in a doorway. Snow began to fall heavily, straight down: a graceful movement through the still cold air. In the glare of the streetlights, it … Continue reading LISTENING TO THE CITY: SNOWFALL

LISTENING TO THE CITY: DEAFENING DIAGNOSIS

BY RODDY HAWKINS. No. 4 from Listening to the City / Listening to Ourselves, a 5-part series by Roddy Hawkins When admitted to the hospital, he was content with a side room at first. It was easier to be himself in that space. Here, too, he could watch television in peace: it was private. As his family, we too were happier with this arrangement. Intimacy and relaxation are, for us … Continue reading LISTENING TO THE CITY: DEAFENING DIAGNOSIS

FRAYING THE SOUNDSCAPE: BEYOND NOISE AND SILENCE IN THE CHINESE RURAL-URBAN INTERZONE

BY GABRIELE DE SETA. I’m sitting on the metal bench of the bus stop in front of the Xianqiao Xinxing Grocery Store, waiting for the next ride to Shuxin Town half an hour from now. It wasn’t raining when I left home, and it has stopped raining now, but it poured during my twenty-minute walk on Xianqiao Middle Road. I saw it coming—the curtain of … Continue reading FRAYING THE SOUNDSCAPE: BEYOND NOISE AND SILENCE IN THE CHINESE RURAL-URBAN INTERZONE

‘PLACE’ IN CLAUDIA MOLITOR’S VAST WHITE STILLNESS

BY PAUL EVERNDEN. ‘Vast White Stillness uses field recordings (played back through a record player), films and still images (all taken in the Bavarian Alps), performance interventions (featuring actor Susie Trayling), pre-recorded sound (double bass and voice), live sound (piano), live drawings, and a music box which is lovingly and nostalgically wound by the actor.’ Continue reading ‘PLACE’ IN CLAUDIA MOLITOR’S VAST WHITE STILLNESS