Sound Collage Proposal Draft

Sounds and Concept  

I want to use breaths sounds. It’s almost a noise, meanwhile contains so much information. For example, soft breath = calm, a long exhale = relieve, with combinations of inhale, exhale and silence, the expressions change. If we put breath in a musical context, a short and deep inhale could indicate a start and a long gradual inhale/exhale feels just like a string bowing.

I’ve been playing around with a breath sensor I made and realized that I could not only use it to detect breathing gestures but also record the sounds of it. What I want to do is not only take use of breath sounds but also try using the sound to control the sound itself. I think that might be an interesting feedback loop.

The Structure

I want to make the listener hear breath as a language, so the first part is to establish breathing phrases — different combinations of inhale, exhale and silence in various length and depth. Then a sentence, a paragraph or a statement will be made out of these phrases. After that is the abstract phase, and this is when the “sound controlled by sound itself comes in”. And it ends in a calm dialogue.

Listening Experience

The listener will listen through a headphone, hopefully could be performed live, if not, there’ll be a simple visualization would be there for better understanding. I think it’s more a semantic listening experience like I said before I would like them to hear it like a bizarre language.

One thought on “Sound Collage Proposal Draft

  1. Hi Ziyun,

    Is the listener the performer as well in this scenario? Or is there one performer and one listener? I like the meditative quality and experience of someone listening to their own breath.

    A few things that might be relevant to explore:
    Komuso monks and the practice of Sui-Zen

    The concept of virtuosity as it relates to performing breath:
    Pieces like Heinz Holliger’s (t)air(e)

    As a side note, it might be interesting to look at:
    Gustav Freytag’s theatrical Pyramidical structure – and along with that, Samuel Beckett’s Breath.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you take with this!


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