Hildegard Westerkamp - Whisper Study
  Year :   1975
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Tape Composition
  Materials:  
  Info :   Simon Fraser University





 
Soundscape
Soundwalk
Poetry
  Work Details  
  composed 1975-9 Length: 11:30 Whisper Studyis based on the sentence "When there is no sound, hearing is most alert" (a quote from the Indian mystic Kirphal Singh in Naam or Word).Except for the distant horns, all sounds were derived from my own voice, whispering the above sentence and the word "silence". Whisper Studystarted out as an exercise in exploring basic tape techniques in the studio and using the whispered voice as sound material. Eventually, it became a piece about silence, aural perception and acoustic imagination. Whisper Studyexplores the place or moment where sound ends and its image begins. The poem "When There is No Sound" by Norbert Ruebsaat was written in direct response to Whisper Study. The poem in this version is spoken by myself inside a soundscape of icicles and footsteps in snow, which originally was created for my radio series Soundwalkingon Vancouver Co-operative Radio in 1978/79. Eventually this section was mixed with the last part of the original version of Whisper Study. Available on cassette! Accessed 12.06.2009 from http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/program_notes/whisper.html