Metronic 10'41" Stereo for Diffusion

Metro Athens Esc

‘Metronic’ is the soundscape of the Metro in Athens in 2014. The soundscape is an unusual Athraphonic lattice, which requires no treatment to express its sonic diversity. How we go from one different conceptual space in sound to another can be an obstacle in composition, and using soundscape recordings the issue becomes highly complex. The work demonstrates some methods of these issues. To explore this as a study in my theory, I selected two sine waves for left and right speaker, which would express their gestural signatures in the Acousmatic field of the performance space. The sine waves, give no more impression than exactly what they portray, pulsating sonic enter-ties that explore a given space or a synthesized voice performed in abstract and crystallized within the sound field of the performance space. The soundscape of the metro sits within distal space, within proximity, and do not explore the depths of the observable space, but are within an enclosed environment of perception. However, the recording acquires another depth as the sound travels to a from the tunnels, and as the sound is received and perceived, we are most certainly exploring the depths of the observable space as the train moves down the tunnel.

These parameters demonstrate the opportunity to showcase the depth, from the sound that resonated in mind space to the barely audible at its furthest distance. This was achieved with the sound of the train sliding up in frequency and more ferocity, the soundscape, then, would be subtly taken over by the sign wave as the train would begin to glissando downward. Fading out the soundscape toward the end of this process, leaving the sine wave in its simplest form and at its peak. Thus completing the transcending mode from Observable space to Mind space.



Metro Athens 2
© Huw McGregor 2015