Reflecting Cau Cau and Parque Urbano El Bosque
Authors: Seddon, A.
Place of Publication: GermanyAbstract:
"Reflecting Cau Cau and Parque Urbano El Bosque" was composed as part of The Soundlapse project (2019-22). Soundlapse is an interdisciplinary research initiative funded in 2019 by the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development. It seeks to highlight the acoustical heritage of wetlands in the south of Chile. The project brought together artists, acousticians, biologists and computer scientists with the aim of studying these ecosystems‘ unique soundscapes. As an outcome of the project’s periodic documentation of the “Parque Urbano El Bosque” wetland soundscapes in Valdivia, in 2021 eight sound artists were commissioned to compose works using these field recordings.
This composition is one of those commissioned works. It was composed from three field recordings taken from the Cau Cau Wetlands and the Parque Urbano El Bosque wetlands. The acoustic environments conveyed by the original recordings are rich in activity and different kinds of wildlife, and whilst it was tempting to re-present these in this work, I felt a small amount of sound transformation might draw attention to features that I found particularly interesting - the pitch inflections of the birds, the drones of the distant traffic, the iterative utterances of the nearby frogs. I hope this guided listening journey allows time and space for contemplation.