This particular space on the Internet has evolved so much over the past few years, starting out as a small project, a diary of collected sounds, a place to store sonic memories (which I planned to revisit in future years) it has now become an honest reflection of my life and the world I (we) didn't choose to inhabit. That was never really my intention. This is our world; sometimes dull and repetitive, often sonically beautiful, very predictable but still full of hidden surprises.
Many of the recordings I share on this site capture a precise moment in time, they are never rehearsed, or set up, they’re small fragments of my world, as I hear it right there and then. This is a complete contrast to my other life as a professional sound designer, where I might spend many weeks in a studio creating sonic environments and emotive sounds in order to affect an audience, supporting the work of playwrights, actors and directors.
I like to play and some of my recordings here have been processed as a result of just being mischievous, or to while away a little time and some in order to reflect my emotions at the time I captured that particular sound. Other sounds I have found unused and previously unheard by anyone else, deep within my library, and I have chosen to share these simply in the hope that someone, somewhere may find a use for it, enjoy what I have chosen to share with them, or perhaps (hopefully) as some source of inspiration. 1 and 0's on a computer hard drive is what these memories have become.
I have spent much of my life exploring sound, trying to understand how it affects and informs us - capturing that energy, which we know as sound waves, still gives me a huge amount of joy and fills me with wonder.
I genuinely hope that somewhere amongst this uncurated mess of captured energy you’ll find something which you are able to relate with or, in some way, enjoy.
Sound Design and Art isn't about technology, musical instruments, or spoken words, it's about exploring energy which vibrates the air, a physical action which, however created, will always cause some kind of emotional response within us. These waves of constantly changing air pressure define our perceptual, emotional, spiritual, and psychological spaces, they help us to understand our environment and most importantly ourselves. What we hear provides each one of us with an enormous amount of data, which we learn to comprehend and process (often subconsciously), this information then enables us to make informed decisions. Listening and responding to sound is something we do, every second of every day from around four months before we're born until the day that we die. We can shut our eyes but we can't shut our ears, we can look away but we can't listen away. Sound is omnipresent and to ignore its existence is to dismiss one of the most important tools we use to understand our world.
Steven Brown/Listen Hear Sound Projects
February 9th 2010 (updated April 2011)
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