Friday, 3 September 2010


Sound Art Quiz by clairurbahn

In this audio you hear a live sound art quiz hosted by Tony Herrington, Editor-In-Chief & Publisher of WIRE Magazine as part of this months 'The Wire Salon'. You can play too. There are 6 pieces of sound art, define the origin of each piece using the multiple choice options below.
Answers provided within the audio.


A. Amplified recordings of human bones being cracked
B. Radio frequency emissions in the ionosphere caused by lightning strikes
C. The clicks of sonar-dolphin echolocation devices recorded on an Environ-Ears Recording System
D. The cracking of ice deep inside an Icelandic Glacier
E. A bioelectrical recording of the voltages produced by the electrical field of a cannabis sativa plant, amplified and used as the control signal for battery powered oscillators
F. A microphone moving around inside a woman’s vagina
G. Recordings of a surgical liposuction procedure to remove fat from an obese Phillipino man
H. Recordings of the carcass of an African gazelle being devoured by maggots, sourced by placing contact microphones in the abdomen of the dead animal
I. An analogue cassette recording of a plague of grackles gathering on telegraph wires and swarming over the town of Cottonwood, Arizona, USA
J. A solo performance of US Noise artist Hive Mind
K. The audio component of an installation piece by the US sound/visual/performance artist John Duncan
L. A recording of the vibrations made by traffic passing over Hungerford Bridge, sourced by placing contact microphones on the bridge’s struts
M. A recording of an amplified electric guitar being dragged behind a pick up truck along back roads and dirt tracks in Texas, USA
N. A solo performance by Japanese Noise guitarist KK Null
O. Neon gas pulsating in an electrical field ‘contaminated’ by the frequencies emanating from a human body
P. Multi-layered ambient recordings made inside an abandoned swimming pool in the zone of exclusion at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant

THE WIRE SALON presents We Hear A New World: Microphony, Technology & The Rise of Sound Art.

For this edition of The Wire Salon, artist/writer Salomé Voegelin, author of Listening To Noise And Silence (Continuum), Helen Frosi, curator of the Soundfjord gallery, and critic/sound artist Will Montgomery discuss the new philosophies and practices that have emerged in recent years to map and calibrate the new world that has been revealed by 21st century sound art.

The Wire Salon is a monthly series of salon events, hosted by The Wire magazine, and dedicated to the fine art and practice of thinking and talking about music. The evenings, which take place on the first Thursday of each month, will consist of readings, talks, panel discussions, film screenings, DJ sets and even the occasional live performance.

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