This video documents sound artwork "Listen Toward the Ground" by Jeremiah Moore, which was exhibited at 516Arts as part of ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness.
Listen Toward the Ground is a site-specific composed soundscape work, designed for listening to while walking. Using headphones and a voice-guided tour format, it superimposes the soundscape of oilfield infrastructure onto the soundscape of downtown albuquerque.
Thus, the usually unseen and unheard landscape of energy extraction is brought into parallel with the daily world in which we live our lives.
The work can be experienced directly on- or off-site by visiting http://www.basoundecology.org/listen/2012/09/ltg/
As the artistic intention is to bring together the sound inside the headphones and the sound of the world as the participants walk through it, the sound in this video consists of the program audio, overlaid with audio recorded during the video shoot of the walk.
Here is the audio for Listen Toward the Ground, a composed soundscape work designed for listening to while walking.
It’s a voice-guided soundscape tour of the mechanical wilderness of the oilfields of northwest New Mexico, superimposed on the alleyways of downtown Albuquerque.
Listen Toward the Ground was created by Jeremiah Lyman Moore.
Start at the North East corner of 6th and Central, Albuquerque New Mexico, on the corner where the Sushi restaurant is. Then press play.
The walk lasts 13 minutes 27 seconds.
Tech note: There is a direct mp3 link, and a soundcloud player. In testing, the direct link seemed to work best for iPhone and Android. on Android, depending on configuration, the audio may play in “Streaming Media Player.”
Location note: Though created for Albuquerque, the piece can be experienced anywhere. If possible, listen while walking.
Jeremiah Moore will be presenting a new work “Listen Toward the Ground” a participatory self-guided excursion into a virtual soundscape of exposed oil production processes, superimposed on the downtown streets. Hovering between interpretive audio tour, soundscape composition and phychogeographic exploration.
You’ll be able to do the tour anytime by downloading the audio to your own player. But why not be social? Come by our table at the Downtown Block Party by 516arts, amidst art cars, food trucks, and various performances.
Downtown Block Party
Sunday Sept 23, 4pm – 8pm
Central Ave between 4th and 6th streets.
Hello compatriots, fellow listeners and inhabitants of earth –
This Sunday afternoon, Bay Area Sound Ecology is holding a soundwalk at Land’s End, hosted by Jeremiah Moore.
Come join if you can for a social listening experience – walking into the wildlands off the corner of the city. Shipwrecks, rocky cliffs and forest glens. This is a mildly strenuous short hike involving singletrack trail, stairs and beach. You may wish to bring a snack and some water.
It may be windy, and the wind may be cold. Much of the trail is sheltered, but some is quite exposed. Dressing in layers is recommended.
Sunday April 22, 2012
Meet at 3:30 pm, departing promptly at 3:45pm.
expected duration about 2 hours.
Meet at the Lands End Eagle’s Point trailhead. This is at the EASTERN end of Lincoln Park, right on El Camino Del Mar, just into the park from Seacliff and China Beach. (NOT at the end near Sutro Baths / Seal Rocks.)
By Public Transportation:
Take the 38 Geary to 32nd Ave. Walk north to California, and then cut west to Lincoln Park. There’s a nice trail here behind trees from the golf course, behind the school. It drops you right at the trailhead shortly. Also served by the 18 / 46th ave.
There appears to be ample parking along El Camino Del Mar. Should parking be difficult on the day, we’ll hold the start time for a few minutes to accomodate.
The trail includes stairs and some steep and rocky sections.
Kids welcome provided they understand it will be a (mostly) non-talking walk.
The starting point is on the eastern edge of the University of California San Francisco medical school campus, on Parnassus Ave. We’ll meet on the corner of Parnassus and Medical Center Way. Medical Center Way is the small street which curves away behind the main UCSF campus.
The walk will exit Sutro Forest at 17th Street and Stanyan. If you drive, you may want to look for parking in that area.
There is UCSF parking in the Millberry Union Public Garage at 500 Parnassus Avenue. For the 2+ hours of the soundwalk, parking there will cost you $10.50.
By public transit:
Take the N streetcar to Hilway Ave, right at the Medical School (transfer from BART at any market street station) and walk one block up to Parnassus and Hilway. Walk a few hundred feet east. Alternately take Muni bus route 6-Parnassus which drops you off right at the corner of Parnassus and Hilway. Again, walk a few hundred feet east.
Update: The soundwalk was a great success. We will be posting a reportage.
Curated by Bay Area Sound Ecology featuring works and talks by Bernie Krause, Andrea Williams, Jeremiah Moore
Bay Area Sound Ecology (BASE) is proud to announce “Phantom Power,” a free site‐specific concert superimposing potential and vanished soundscapes over the existing urban soundscape at Yerba Beuna Gardens, in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Amidst the myriad contemporary sonic identifiers present in the garden today, the audience is invited to experience a phantom image of other soundscapes which were lost to history, which never came to be, or which may yet come to pass. BASE co-chairs Aaron Ximm and Jeremiah Moore curate a selection of artists to create a concert envisioned as a transient “intervention,” reminding listeners that the familiar soundscape of the places we inhabit, like sound itself, is ephemeral and contingent. Composers will present short works that introduce a subtle layer of sound to the existing environment, evoking how the site sounded years ago, or how it might someday sound. Yerba Beuna Gardens has many layers of history to explore, and for its unique situation amid the cultural institutions and life of the city.
A moment of focused listening will be set aside, to consciously reflect on the soundscape as it currently exist. Artists will then introduce their work and discuss their vision. A Q&A session will convene after the event to discuss the project’s contrasting visions.
Some of the compositions will be heard ‘in motion,’ two of the composers are choreographing movement in the space. A third piece will be ‘conducted’ with different voices being raised and lowered to a specific effect. Featuring the work of: Andrea Williams – presenting the premiere of Garden TOOR Bernie Krause – participate in mixing the Soundscapes of California Jeremiah Moore – presenting the premiere of Cycles
Note: This is a low-environmental impact event using a crowd-sourced “sound cloud”. Attendees are asked to bring ipods, CD players, small portable speakers, boomboxes (we will have a limited supply as well). The compositions would be distributed to audience-participants beforehand via the internet (link to downloadable mp3s available in June), and at the event on CDs.
The Artists Aaron Ximm is a San-Francisco-based field recordist and sound artist. He is best known for his composition, installation, and performance work under the name Quiet American. From 2001 to 2005, Aaron curated and hosted the Field Effects concert series, which, like his own work, sought to showcase the quiet, fragile, and lovely side of sound art, particularly working with found sound and field recordings. In 2009, Aaron was an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. He has performed at numerous musical festivals and symposiums, including the San Francisco Tape Music Festival and the Embertide for Binaural Audio Art Symposium in the United Kingdom.
Jeremiah Moore is an artist and sound designer based in San Francisco. He has produced works exploring human perceptions of time, examining the interface of humans, nature and technology, engaging the beauty in the everyday, and transforming commercial culture into meaningless bliss. He is currently mixing and designing sound for documentary films, interactive works, radio and exhibits at his independent post-production sound studio. His work can be heard at Prehistoric Journey at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and at the Detention Barracks at the Angel Island Immigration Station Museum. He lives in the Mission District with his partner and two children who, like him, never sleep.
Andrea Williams is a sound artist and composer currently living in San Francisco. She utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led soundwalks in New York and San Francisco, and has shown and performed both solo and with the Glass Bees and SleepWalks at galleries and alternative spaces, most recently the Diapason Gallery, NPR, Fountain Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is a founding member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, currently a member of BASE in San Francisco, and is attending Mills College for her MFA in Electronic Music. http://www.nyacousticecology.org/
In the late 1960’s, Bernie Krause began his ground-breaking life work in bioacoustics and the recording of environments throughout the world, much of which has been accomplished with techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and presenting habitat-and species-specific sounds that Krause has developed on his own. His album, In a Wild Sanctuary (WB, 1970), earned a place in history as being the first recording to use environmental sounds as both a central component of orchestration and as a statement about the environment. Under the company name Wild Sanctuary, Inc., Krause continues to share his compelling field experiences through his musical albums and dramatic sound installations in public spaces such as museums, zoos, and aquaria. Krause holds a Ph. D. with an Internship in bio-acoustics from Union Institute, Cincinnati. http://www.wildsanctuary.com/
The following Tracks are material for a live participatory performance at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Please download the following tracks and bring them loaded onto your portable player / amplification system.
Last August, Jonny Farrow, Ned Mooney and Andrea Polli of our New York-based sister organization New York Society for Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE)  were visiting San Francisco. We had a meet up and mind-meld, out of which came an idea: Could BASE produce a two-hour show for Giant Ear))), NYSAE’s monthly radio program on free103point9.org ?
The theme of our show was very clear from the start: we would focus on the sounds of the place where we live, the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We live in an area full of clear soundmarks and vast contrasts juxtaposed. The Bay shores of Alcatraz Island, the swells of the Pacific on Ocean Beach, the wharves and marinas; the grit and tourist-charm of Chinatown, the ice cream carts and taquerias of the Mission, the sound exhibits of the Exploratorium, the windmill fields of Livermore and Pleasanton. Group social sounds of public ceremony, celebration, protest and everyday life. And closer times like a Mah-Jong game, a family dinner, and the last notes of a funeral dirge. The sounds of getting around, footsteps, subways, cable cars and of course – like everywhere – trucks, cars and planes.
To realize this idea, we called on members of our community to send us their sounds. And we scoured our own libraries for favorite material.
About 45 minutes of our show (from 0:03:34 to 0:53:23) was performed by Jeremiah Moore and Aaron Ximm live on-the-air on Pirate Cat Radio . Thanks to DJ Yuri G for having us on – check out his show Psionic Dehiscence.
In keeping with the “Imagined” part of our concept, in several places we played composed works in their entirety. At 1:18:38 “Sweeper” by Jeremiah Moore, at 1:35:24 “Maritime Suite: Port” and at 1:46:37 “Maritime Suite: Starboard” both by Aaron Ximm.
And so, it’s with great pleasure that I present our program.
Chris Watson [chriswatson.net] – Three perspectives on windmills near Livermore, CA
Claire Schoen [claireschoenmedia.com] – Two episodes of her radio series Earthtones, on Elephant Seals of Point Año Nuevo and on the Wave Organ
Dan Dugan [dandugan.com] – “May 22, 5:29 AM, West Road of Alcatraz Island. Roost of herons and egrets. Also Western gull, white-crowned sparrow, others.”
David Silberberg [d4doc.com] -Berkeley Traffic, UC Berkeley Campus ambience, Cordonices Creek Berkeley CA.
James Goode – “Belt_Railroad_Tarp” is a field recording made on June 22nd, 2008 near the entrance to Heron’s Head Park. A black and yellow San Francisco Belt Railway diesel locomotive, covered in plastic tarpaulin ripped to shreds in some places, sat idle amongst chest-high weeds and pillaged tracks. I placed a stereo microphone in a
Jeremiah Moore [jeremiahmoore.com] – Various field recordings; composed work “Sweeper” exploring harmonic structure of mechanical street sweeper
Jim McKee [earwaxproductions.com] – Recordings of Doyle Drive, Aquatic Park, Green Street Mortuary Band, and Tuvan sound check at Grace Cathedral
Joseph Lawrence – Saratoga Rain “Recorded a couple days before Christmas in Saratoga right after a lot of rain had fallen…the sound of water falling about 10 feet through a typical sheet metal drain pipe and hitting the angle at the bottom, flowing out onto the ground. Plus a little bit of light rain in the background.”
Robert Beahrs – Chinatown to the Embarcadero soundwalk “I recorded this soundwalk on May 5th, 2008 with binaural microphones, ducking into shops here and there while generally walking down California Street. Listen for the juxtaposition of musical worlds, languages, street sounds, as well as the California line cable car that passes by me. It is chronological, and, besides a few splices, unprocessed.”
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