The conclusion


The process of artistic transformation in field-recording-based sound artworks using multi-channel compositional techniques reproduces field recordings from a climatically troubled site within an augmented environment, formulating its narrative diegesis by operating between an abstraction from and reproduction of its sited source. The degree of artistic transformation depends on the amount of spatial information retained from the unedited field recordings as well as the processing that is deployed. The resulting tension may help involve attention of the audience members, who might not otherwise lend their ears to a purely documentary representation of the site. I would like to underscore this tension between offering an evidential account, through the use of unedited and relatively unprocessed field recordings, and an abstraction of ambient sounds, brought in through technology-based artistic interventions and transformation. In my assessment as a sound artist and researcher, this inherent tension makes such works more engaging.


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