Rain Music and Soundscapes of Scary Places

20 April 2009 Art and Soundscapes: Hildegard Westerkamp and Peter Cusack @ Goldsmiths College

Both sides of the field recording coin were explored in this event which saw documentary-style sound recordist Peter Cusack and field recording sound composer Hildegard Westerkamp talking about their work.

You can hear some of Hildegard Westerkamp’s compositions on her website…

One of her more unusial compositions, in that it isn’t comprised of recorded and manipulated sound, is her Harbour Symphony:

”The Harbour Symphony that I was commissioned to compose for the Canada Pavilion here in Vancouver for EXPO ’86 was a crazy piece with over 100 boat horns playing in the harbour of Vancouver. It was an exciting social event but as a composition in its own right really does not quite make it. The Globe and Mail was right when it commented that the piece sounded like “a bunch of happy elephants in a traffic jam”.’

Listen again to Programme 2 of Sounds of Science which features Peter Cusack:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s