Vanishing Soundscapes aims to use narrative sound to tap into our collective memory of home. Activated by changes in light at dawn and at dusk, Vanishing Soundscapes is a small, transistor radio-like object that broadcasts a short audio clip designed to evoke nostalgic American sound memories, whether real or mythic. On hearing the sounds, the listener will be transported to the idyllic and vanishing landscape of our shared past. To emphasize the natural rhythms of the day, the object is actuated by a light sensor rather than a clock or a switch. In this way, the audio clips will attune us to the passing of time, and to a time that no longer exists.
A collaboration with ArjoDesign.
2008 Award from the Foundation for Living Arts in America.