Fwd: [Garth Paine <garth@activatedspace.com>]

Subject: Fwd: [Garth Paine ]
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 15:18:33 EDT

Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 02:05:04 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Endagered Sounds

For Immediate Release - please distribute widely

Volunteer Sound Collectors Sought

Endagered Sound project

Garth Paine is calling for volunteers to collect samples of sound (in
test tubes) that appear on the SoundMark/Patent Sound listings on the
website listed above.

This project sets out to list and then collect evidence of the
presence of these protected sounds in public and private space.

A call for volunteers to collect internationally, samples of the
sounds listed on the site as patented or trademarked. The collection
will be facilitated by me sending you the volunteer a test tube with
label, cork and wax seal - the volunteer will be asked to collect the
sound by placing the test tube close to the source (thereby capturing
air through which the sound traveled) and then complete the label,
documenting the time, place and nature of the sound (including a
volume level).

These test tubes will be collected and displayed in chemistry racks
in the gallery, illustrating the frequency and diversity of the
environment into which these 'private', protected sounds have been
released. The means of exhibition plays with the scientific
requirements of the patent application, the scientific method for
analysis and quantification, and the farce of collecting a sound in a
test tube even though the label on the sample does document the
presence of the sound and it's locale in the world.

The exhibition will also contain 4 large glass vacuum desicator
vessels, containing a loud speaker in a vacuum - Patented sounds
would be played into these vessels, in theory breaking the legal
protection of the patent, but being inaudible due to the vacuum,
questioning the conditions under which the patent has validity.

  A third stage of this project will be the creation of a grave yard
for 'dead' sounds, raising aural awareness in line with the other
sections of the work of the ever changing nature of our sonic
environment. This will be done by providing a card index so that
visitors to the exhibition can add sounds they remember and rarely
hear anymore.


Dr Garth Paine <http://www.activatedspace.com> Head of Program - Electronic Arts Senior Lecturer in Music Technology School of Contemporary Arts College of Arts, Education and Social Sciences University of Western Sydney, BD 1.25 Werrington South, Locked Bag 1797 Penrith South DC, NSW, 1797, Australia

ph. 61 (0)2 9852 5538 Fax 61 (0)2 9852 5533

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