For the audio walk Shinonome Tomoko Hojo and Rahel Kraft explored the acoustics of dawn in relationship to walking and light during their residency at ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Germany. Due to reduced visual inputs our auditory sensibility is and we perceive sounds which are normally overheard. Dawn is a transition between night and day, dreaming and being awake, light and dark, and loudness, natural and supernatural, a daily phenomenon which is rarely connected to the sonic but rather to the visual impact during the blue hour.
The exchange of recorded dawn-diaries, as well as Japanese, Chinese, English and German literature related the theme, made a starting point for shared perceptions and memories. In search for a site with various transitions, Hojo+Kraft chose the Schlossgarten in Karlsruhe as a place between, animals/humans, /silence, center/periphery. Several sonic interventions and listening walks in response to the structure and atmosphere of the Schlossgarten were conducted. Field and voice recordings melted into a collection of audible traces and boundaries, the trembling feeling towards unidentified sounds and the perception of time during twilight. In the compositional process Hojo+Kraft travelled to northern Norway to experience an extended dawn during the polar lights. The observation of the inspiring light transitions intertwine with fictional entities, the mythology of Aura and miniature text fragments of Ezra Pound, Sei Shonagon, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, Chü-, Carlo Rovelli and Hilde Domin to create a dreamlike, state. Twelve compositions with a total length of 50 minutes are leading listeners through time, traces, tremor and transformation to open alternative perspectives to the Schlossgarten. Shinonome expands our auditory sensibility which often has been forgotten in noisy city life.

オーディオウォーク東雲は、ドイツのZKM(カールスルーエ・アート・アンド・メディア・テクノロジー・センター) での滞在中に、夜明けの音響と歩くこと、そして光との関係を探ることで生まれた。夜明けにおいては視覚的な情報が減少するため、私たちの聴覚感度は高くなり、通常は聞こえない音を知覚する。夜明けは、夜と昼の間の移行であり、夢と目覚め、明暗、騒音と沈黙、自然と超自然の間にある。その日常的な現象は多くの場合、音ではなく、ブルーアワー(日の出前と日の入り後に発生する空が濃い青色に染まる時間帯)の視覚的な影響と関係づけられる。
記録された夜明けの日記と、テーマに関連する日本語、中国語、英語、ドイツ語の文献の交換は、知覚と記憶を共有するための出発点となった。 Hojo + Kraft は、さまざまな変化を伴う場所を探索し、動物/ 人間、騒音/ 沈黙、中心/ 周辺の間にある場としてカールスルーエの城庭を選んだ。庭の構造と雰囲気に応じて、いくつかの音の介入とリスニングウォークを行い、可聴の痕跡と境界、正体不明の音に対する震え、夕暮れ時の時間の知覚などを収集した音を融合させていった。作曲の過程で、2 人は北極圏を旅し、極夜の中で長い夜明けを経験した。感動的な光の遷移の観察は、架空の存在、オーロラの神話、エズラ・パウンド、清少納言、エミリー・ディキンソン、E.E. カミングスなどから引用したテキストと絡み合い、夢のような状態を作り出す。合計50分の長さの12曲のコンポジションは、時間、痕跡、震え、変容を経て、城庭のもう一つの姿をひらくとともに、騒音の多い都市生活でしばしば忘れられていた聴覚的感受性を拡大していく。

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APP BACKGROUND
Shinonome is an audio walk composed for and with the smartphone app MyCityMySounds developed by the institute of music and acoustics at ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Germany. My CityMySounds is an interactive interface to – various audio formats, to create a virtual city space through sound. Prior to this work Hojo+Kraft have developed their own – audio walk app INNERN in collaboration with musician/programmer Urban Lienert in 2018.
The details of MyCityMySounds Project: https://zkm.de/en/project/mycity-mysounds