Listening to Circumstance

Authored by: Duncan Speakman , Klare Lanson

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367197162
eBook ISBN: 9780429242816
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Klare Lanson interviews Duncan Speakman, who articulately speaks to the poetics of combining narrative-driven sound works specifically composed for uncontrolled public and private spaces. Speakman is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, where he creates bespoke work which are performed internationally including installations on trains in Guangzhou, loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto. He discusses the relationship between locative urban audio experiences and contemporary ecology, and how he set up and directed the arts collective Circumstance from 2010 to 2017 with Sarah Anderson and Emilie Grenier, later joined by Tom Abba, and considers the many collaborative projects made during this period.

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