Sightseeing For The Blind
CD, (56:20 min), 300 copies, cardboard cover
© 2009 / 1000füssler 012, Release Date: August 2009
Rui Costa: Sightseeing For The Blind, 26‘22
Gregory Büttner: Side Play for Blinds, 5‘43
Pali Meursault: Hidden Insights, 5‘08
Bill Jarboe: Sightseeing joint sdif 2’, 3‘58
Maile Colbert: Site Sighing for the Time, 5‘01
Marc Behrens: Site for a Numb, 9‘54
“The idea for the piece first came to me in 2005, when I was invited to develop a sound project with the city of Lisbon as its theme. I decided to wander through the city, making a series of sound recordings using a pair of binaural microphones. What I concluded from these recordings was that, more than capturing the sound of the place or its “atmosphere”, they reflected a lot about me: my decisions of where to go, what places to avoid, how fast to walk, how long to linger in one place… preconceived ideas of what I wanted to be captured on tape.
Later I followed up on this idea by introducing an element of “sonic sightseeing”. I grabbed a tourist guide of Lisbon, walked along the recommended hiking routes and made recordings with binaural and shotgun microphones. I wrote down my impressions, states of mind, mental associations and decisions and then mapped the recorded sounds against these notes, considering them as “instructions” or “cues” for a sound composition.
I suppose that the experience that tourists get from a city is in great measure determined by the randomness of these almost unconscious impressions, of a permanent mapping out of what they see against their desires, preconceived ideas, memories, etc. All in all, my intention was to convert this process into a method for sound composition using field recordings.”
(Rui Costa, 2009)
Sound recordings made by Rui Costa between 2005 and 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. Composed and mixed by Rui Costa in 2008.
Rui Costa is a founder a presently co-artistic director of Binaural.