Leonardo Music Journal
Issue 7
December 1997

112 pages
ISSN 0961-1215
E-ISSN 1531-4812

Special Section: Conference Papers from the Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 96)

Online Sound and Virtual Architecture (Contribution to the Geography of Cultural Translation)

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This article starts from the premise that communication is the fundamental human attribute. However, in contemporary conditions, the integrity of the message has taken precedence over the communicative. Exemplary instances are the cult of authenticity in recording engineering and the positioning of the auditor as end-user and focal point of stereophony. The essay uses Khan and de Rooy's installation The Garden of A—to introduce a spatial and environmental relational sound practice, suggesting diaspora and translation as key terms to replace the Cartesian model of message and receiver.

Originally presented at the Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 96), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 16–20 September 1996.