R. Murray Schafer’s ear cleaning game at The Global Composition 2012

The Global Composition Header›Considering the world’s objects as instruments, its inhabitants as their players and all sounds on the globe taking place simultaneously, leads to the imagination of a global composition. Any audible phenomenon is part of this huge ongoing concert which includes all living beings and unites them in – mostly unintentional and uncoordinated – collaboration.‹ (The Global Composition)

With ›The Soundscape‹, published in 1977, R. Murray Schafer inspired this idea of a global composition. At the correspondent Conference on Sound, Media and the Environment in Darmstadt-Dieburg in July this year, Schafer opened the meeting with an introductory lecture, including a sample of his so-called ear cleaning games.

R. Murray Schafer at Darmstadt-Dieburg, 2012R. Murray Schafer at The Global Composition 2012

Schafer often visits schools and conducts workshops with children to raise students’ awareness for their everyday sonic environments. For lack of children at the conference he invited the audience to participate in this short experiment instead.

Listen to the audience standing up from their seats without any sound:

Finally, here you can find an abstract of my talk at the conference, Composed by Culture? Investigating the ›Sonic Order‹ of Everyday Life.

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Cultural anthropologist studying the sonic environment
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