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Posted in About the work on April 15, 2010 by bztm

Sacred Soundscapes is an immersive audio-visual installation exploring the significance of sacred sounds in the context of Singapore’s contemporary soundscape. It was open at Esplanade Tunnel Link from 9th April to 2nd May 2010.

On this blog you can find out how this piece of work developed from its initial inception, through research, reflection and experimentation. I recommend you use the Blog Navigation tab at the top-right hand side of this page, to find your way around this blog.

Also, if you live, or have lived in Singapore, you may wish to take a few moments of your time to contribute to my ongoing research into the local soundscape:

If you’d like to find out more about my work or previous projects please visit www.zaitang.com or contact me at email@zaitang.com

Text

Posted in About the work on March 26, 2010 by bztm

This is the text that will be included in the poster / flyer for my installation:

This immersive audio-visual installation explores the significance of sacred sounds in the context of Singapore’s contemporary soundscape. Drawing influence from acoustic ecology and psychogeography, Zai Tang’s work highlights how listening plays a crucial role in the way we perceive the urban environment.

Tang embarked on journeys around Singapore to study the soundscape, as well as getting feedback from local people to discover the places in which sacred sounds reside today. Enroute he collected and recorded the material used in the final work.

The work invites the audience on a journey through Singapore’s collective aural experience, revealing different interpretations of what we consider to be the sacred elements of our sonic environment. A space is created for these sounds to exist in, away from the hustle and bustle of urbanism.

This is the text that will be on the wall next to the installation:

The artist welcomes you to

The Sanctum of Sacred Sounds.

Hear, you will encounter

an array of sonorous forms

said to be sacred in Singapore.

The real Sanctum exists

somewhere off these shores.

Hidden, beneath the waves,

below the threshold of

this island’s aural consciousness.

The artist remakes this Sanctum

for sacred sounds to be;

broken free, like your ears,

from urbanity.

Introduction

Posted in About the work on February 1, 2010 by bztm

This blog is where I’ll be documenting the development of my latest project – Sacred Soundscapes.

This project will focus on how sacred sounds and music fit in to the context of Singapore’s contemporary soundscape. The term soundscape can be defined as the entire acoustic environment inclusive of all noises, natural, human and technological sounds. (Carlyle & Cusack. 2009: 09) I am interested in how sacred sounds and music can be understood as a wider part of a location’s soundscape; trying to understand them in relation to the other sounds that inhabit the environments they are found in. I want to discover what people consider to be the sacred elements of the soundscapes they experience today: Do these sounds originate from a religious context, from nature’s orchestra, from their mother tongues?

Sacred Soundscapes is an extension of my previous project, Sonorous City, which explored the relationship between the soundscape and how people perceived the urban environment of London.

This project will be realised as an audio-visual installation at Esplanade Tunnel Link, Singapore.

The show will run between 9th April – May 2nd 2010, leading up to A Tapestry of Sacred Music festival taking place at the Esplanade between 22nd – 25th April 2010.

Please follow this blog for regular updates.

References

Carlyle, A. & Cusack, P. (2009) The Art of Soundscape in: Sound Escape, Electra Publishing ltd