We wanted to begin with sound because it is often seen as secondary to image, less in the front of our mind.
It is only relatively recently that recorded sound and its manipulation and assembling were possible. Around 1930. Less than 90 years.
Never before in history, before the invention of recorded sound, had people possessed the ability to manipulate sound the way they’d manipulated color or shapes. We were limited to
manipulating sound in music, which is a highly abstract medium. But with recorded material you can manipulate sound effects—the sound of the world—to great effect. In the same way that painting, or looking at paintings, makes you see the world in a different way, listening to interestingly arranged sounds makes you hear differently.
Murch says some interesting things about sound which we want you to have in the front of your mind when creating your own found sound composition. These same ideas we want you to bring to the creation of experimental, sensory images for your second and related project.
Carefully absorb the ideas below and begin to think about them in relation to your own practice when putting your sound assembly together and then your experimental sensory imagery.