Above and above right: Si TE: Lab U of M School of Art and Design.
THIS SUMMER, AS PART OF MY GLOBAL TREE PROJECT, I WAS IN THE PACIFIC
Northwest wilderness collecting sounds from nature. These captured
sounds will be key elements in future stand-alone sound works. At the
beginning, I was simply amazed and overwhelmed by the richness of
the natural and infinitely various sounds encountered anew through my
headphones. Whether working by a waterfall or creek, I found when
I moved my microphone slightly to a different position—even though
I stayed essentially in one spot—the sound dramatically transformed.
My excitement about newly perceived sounds was at the same time
interrupted continuously by the pervasive anthrophony, such man-
made sounds emitted by airplanes, boats and generators.