In MoreliaPosted: October 5, 2008
A talk about the project “Linking Urban Soundscapes via commuters’ memories” and an improvisation activity – resembling the one in México, took place in the CMMAS in Morelia-Michoacán, México. My colleague Ron Herrema, offered a concert with works of composers from the MTIRC, a partner from the IOCT, at DMU.
People were very enthusiastic with the activities. Sounds from the soundscape of Mexico City metro are not something completely detached from their experience, and they were immersed with it, voicing and playing with musical instruments. These interventions were an additional element for an improvisation planned for the use of the voice in the process of remembering (with Mexican commuters). This process becomes abstract and it enters in the recreation of a soundscape in a sort of Jazz ensemble. For these trained musicians the communication and the atmosphere was great. The interactive system was attractive and innovative for them. The soundscape, in many ocassions went to the background of our attention. The balance needed between listening and remembering is completely different when the remembering is done with musical instruments. The system then is flexible, the soundscape inspiring and provocative, and the intention of remembering probably needs to be agreed with participants, finding balance beetween musical instruments and the role of the voice. A great opportunity to learn. Muchas gracias a todos los participantes!!!!
Both events were covered by the press and the Television in Morelia. Here a link to a short article published by Cambio de Michoacan