I am now beginning to work on the first of my waves. (These will be the sound phrases, or building blocks, that will form the body of the installation). My thinking is that each wave will fade in to begin and then similarly end by fading out – the idea being that the sound should creep up upon the listener, thus gradually effecting the perception of their surroundings. As a composition therefore, streetwaves will be less about assuming the identity of a musical composition whereby the listener changes one’s focus to listen and concentrate on the work for the lenght of the work, but rather will play with the idea of continually changing ones perception of the street.
I imagine a passer-by, for example, going about their business subconsciously aware of the street’s soundscape and then becoming mindful of sonic changes happing around them as one of my waves begins. At this point, the idea is that the listener will consciously tune-in to the changing sounds and question what they are hearing, before the sounds fade away again leaving the listener with the normal street ambience. I envisage that the installation will utilise a succession of different waves interspersed throughout the day inspiring similar listening experiences.