e33 chopin

context = mindfulness (dedicated to World Listening Day, July 18)

This week’s episode breaks the pattern set so far in the simplesoundscapes podcast of publishing recordings in chronological order (upcoming episodes were recorded during the winter of 2017).

This episode was recorded this week, on Thursday July 13th 2017 from 8.40am to 8.50am in Ottawa.

It brings together 3 of my favorite listening experiences:

  1. the ambiance of large public space (the Âjagemô Art Space at Canada Council where I work)
  2. an amateur performance of a sentimental piece of music on an out of tune instrument (myself struggling to play Chopin’s Prelude in e minor, Op 28 no1)
  3. random encounters with the public (conversations of passersby and a colleague speaking with me unknowingly during the recording).

e33 chopin: context = mindfulness is about paying attention to what surrounds us. These performative imperfections and ‘backstage’ views have always fascinated me, more than a refined performance in a controlled space.

That is what I intended simplesoundscapes and its tag line ‘exploring mindfulness through listening’ to be about.

But I seem to have lost my way in the last few episodes by trying to compose electroacoustic soundscape compositions, which, while a valid activity, has drawn me off the simplesoundscapes path, which is more spiritual and intuitive.

Therefore, I have decided to take the summer to think about what to do next. I will continue to publish weekly recordings until episode 40 on Saturday, September 2 which which will be ‘best of’ episode drawn from previous previous simplesoundscapes podcasts as way of closing the loop on the first ‘season’ of simplesoundscapes.

Stay tuned for what happens after that…

Listener feedback is always welcome: claude@simplesoundscapes.ca

Also, July 18 is World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18. I dedicate this episode to this worthy project and to this year’s honoree Pauline Oliveros. see http://www.worldlisteningproject.org/2017/01/world-listening-day-2017-listening-to-the-ground/



Author: Claude Schryer

Claude Schryer is a composer and sound artist based in Ottawa, see http://www.electrocd.com/en/bio/schryer_cl/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/claude-schryer-92058911