||Rumour is noise, disturbance, an unidentifiable sound on the edge of perception, a vague feeling, or a premonition of what is to come.
Rumour is the sound that guides us through the streets as we wander. It attracts and repels. In vain we search for its source. It is everywhere but nowhere at the same time.
Rumour is the sound of many things multiplied and filtered as it resonates through countless spaces on its way to our ears.
Rumour is the sound of many voices, acts, and movements.
Rumour is the sound of stories. Stories that pass from mouth to ear and, in spreading, form a vector for multiple tales and points-of-view. Translation, interpretation, misunderstanding, hyperbole, and desire infuse rumour with conspiracy, jealousy, humour, intolerance, politics, or morality.
Rumour heard from afar sounds like an ever changing drone, a soundfield that surrounds and fills the city with energy.
We are listening to the citys inhabitants, its architecture, its rhythms and that ungraspable thing that defines a city s sense of place.
Rumour is the sound of the city itself. Later, the piece developed into a long soundscape for the
Sonic City project that, together with Urban Rumours was
part of the exhibition Mutations, Arc en Reve, Bordeaux,
De Raffinerie, Brussel and TNProbe, Tokyo.
In this piece, the sound from the street below and the
surrounding area is picked up by a moving microphone.
The recording explores the different resonances of various
spaces which emphasise different aspects of the ambient drone,
revealing tones, rhythms, and layers of sound previously
hidden in the noise.