Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Sonic Environment Introduction

Each territory is endowed with pristine sounds that are man-made and natural. The Sonic Environment that this blog is opening discussion on, is the man-made one - mass of musical systems that originate from any environment, and other systems, that are passing though or have come and stayed. We can identify any sonic environment by their sonic emitters (radio, television, recordings and performances. Do we have a way of understanding this complex interplay of musical systems with each sonic environment, how one dominates another, or how they "fuse" to form new systems? Can we follow such trajectories in musical systems? Can we measure such emissions, and, thereby, create a way to sustain traditional and indigenous musical systems within each sonic environment, while not having any closed doors to any other musical system/s. Does globalisation mean that all sonic environments become homogenous? Are people capable of listening to multiple musical systems? There are man, many more questions. The sonic environment is another crucial area of the general discussion of sustainability of world cultures in the face of super-rapid globalisation.