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Re: Discrete/Ambient/SoundScape/Whatever

wow, yeah actually i had something like that happen rather
spontaneously one evening a few years back, i was just walking
around in my apartment in a peculiar state of mind, it was
summer and all my windows were open.  all of a sudden i was
struck with the perception that all the sounds outside, far away
freeway shooshes, birds, voices, and car door slams, were a
single concert of music.  it stopped me in my tracks and i
nearly dropped what i was holding.  it was quite impressive and
i've never encountered the phenomena again.  although my
perception of ambient sounds has been altered forever, i seek
patterns now, sometimes idly, sometimes intently, and almost
wonder if such concious work inhibits a reaccurance of the



----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Hoeltje" <ahoeltje@best.com>
To: "Loopers Delight" <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2001 5:00 PM
Subject: Discrete/Ambient/SoundScape/Whatever

> All this Eno/Fripp talk has got my loopie juices flowing.
> Every once and a while I will be in a noisy public place and I
> experience a phenomenon for which there must be a name.  All
the sounds in
> the place are competing for my attention/interpretation and
the result is a
> perceived piece of music which is greater than the sum of its
> The best place I've found for this is the Metro where there
will be two or
> three distant boomboxes, rhythmic train sounds, unintelligible
> on the PA, and lots of other background noise fading in and
out of the mix.
> Its as if my brain is desperate to hear a coherent melody and
harmony and so
> creates it.
> Has anyone here experienced this?  Is there a name for it?  W.
A. Mathieu
> ("The Listening Book") talks about listening to background
sounds as if they
> were music but I don't remember him giving it a name or
describing that
> which is heard as a synthesis created from the background.
> -Allan