Techno-Intuition: Experiments with Sound in the Environment

Research —

‘Techno-Intuition: Experiments with Sound in the Environment’, book chapter in Eds. Bob Gilmore and Darla Crispin, Artistic Experimentation in Music: An Anthology, Leuven University Press

Excerpt: The notion of techno-intuition emerged from my artistic research into how one’s relationship to the environment is established and enhanced through sound and listening. With the aid of sonic technologies and awareness-en- hancing practices, we can re-experience environments we know and access others beyond our physiological abilities, such as those underwater. Such expe- riences are mediated both by our technologies and by our interpretations— our techno-intuitions. Rather than consider technology as antithetical to the environment, I blend experiments using technological instruments with bod- ily experiences of the environment, using sound to provoke a sense of direct involvement. For example, combining both technical and intuitive approaches, I explored sonic navigations and underwater sound, making the inaudible audible through sonification and audification techniques, and drawing the unconscious into consciousness through deep listening practices and psycho- logical therapy using sound. These experiments led me back to considering human scale, and our physiological and emotional relationship to different environments through examples of walking, swimming, and sailing. I noticed that becoming physically involved provokes an attitude of openness to the presence of sound and the environment, even those beyond human scale. Such an embodied approach, driven by the use of sound, physically and emotionally challenges us to expand beyond ourselves.