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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOUNDSCAPE
abstractRichard EIGNER Denoising Field Recordings
»Denoising Field Recordings« documents an early attempt at using denoising techniques in a creative and compositional manner. Instead of utilising noise reduction algorithms for their intended purpose (the restoration of damaged audio signals), these processes are applied to various field recordings of trains, streets, swimming halls and public transport. Since these recordings consist entirely of noises, this operation transforms the originals into an uncanny hybrid of newly introduced processing artefacts, occasional silence and sporadically audible traces of the original field recordings. What kind of sound aesthetics can emerge while denoising field recordings? Which audible parameters can resist this »audio erasement process«? In what way are these traces comparable to the visual remanences of Robert Rauschenberg’s erasure of a de Kooning drawing? What is the effect of different denoising tools on the emerging sounds? Does the radical denoising of noise eventually result in a new kind of music?