Friday, August 24, 2012

Andrew Ludlam, hero of sound

Can the present moment be archived?  In sound studies, already, lines are being drawn in the sand.... While he does write about the advent of urban and industrial sound in a somewhat pejorative sense, I don't think R. Murray Schaefer's writing (The Tuning of the World) constitutes an attack. Unfortunately, in the current intellectual climate, critical engagement is automatically interpreted as overt antagonism.... The industrial imperative does not look kindly upon critique. But these kinds of knee-jerk responses to critical engagement simply stifles thought, and further inquiry

Sounds.... I like them all. The sound of a distant table saw is comforting to me. It means someone is engaged, active.... something is happening. All of these sounds; hearing them means that I am alive, which is a good thing.