'442: 4 people to a track, 4 minutes of recording per person, 2 days to pass it on.'
Foldable Sounds Collective formed during the lockdown of April 2020 - initiated by Daniela Maria Geraci, and co-created by Isabelle Pead and Lucy Cunningham. Following the rise of Zoom calls and Facetime windows, once a less prevalent means of communication, three artists in Berlin, Leeds and London began considering how one's own daily sound might feel isolating. But, when woven into tracks with other’s recordings, these sounds gained the potential to sonically transport the imagination outside one’s four walls, drawing on a global need for freedom of movement. These sounds became tracks, and the tracks into archives of the times.
Foldable Sounds draws on the simultaneously collaborative and independent nature of the child’s drawing game Exquisite Corpse. Placed into groups participants shared sounds, layering and editing the groups recordings together to form a track. The project has so far invited 116 participants to listen to and record site-specific sounds and audible gestures within their inhabited spaces - sonically and verbally. Used as material, one sound/sentence is folded into the next to create a series of interwoven tracks/paragraphs documenting their time and location of making, according to the instructions: 4 people per track, maximum 4 minutes of recording, 2 days to pass it on. Once grouped each participant was ordered 1-4 and placed into a collaborative email chain.
Every ‘track’ was a product of 4 strangers digitally sharing, mixing, distorting and layering spatiotemporally unique soundscapes; interrogating the psyches of contributors as they curated each recording, and ultimately questioning how the exposure to varied soundscapes could change our experiences of a seemingly impermeable quarantine. The collective process, the tracks themselves and a sense of collective intense listening felt like an active resistance to a time when solitude was legally forced.
Free Reading List:
The Soundscape of Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, R Murray
Errant Bodies, Force of Listening, Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth
Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance. London: Goldsmiths Press, Brandon LaBelle
Listening to Noise and Silence, Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art, Salomé Voegelin
Queer Sonic Cultures, Shannon Truman
Sound, Music, Affect Theorizing Sonic Experience, Marie Thompson and Ian Biddle, Bloomsbury Press