Sshhh : the commodification of silence

Cookney, DJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0060-4969 2010, Sshhh : the commodification of silence , in: Bigger than Words, Wider than Pictures: Noise, Affect, Politics Conference, 1-3 July 2010, University of Salford.

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Abstract

This chapter documents a process undertaken by the author in summer 2010. Submitted as part of the University of Salford’s MA Communication Design programme, the study resulted in a practice-based outcome – a compact disc of audio recordings housed within an illustrated book – that aimed to capitalize on a grey area located somewhere between noise and silence.

The Cagean fascination with background noise was key to this exploration, given how it has largely been derived through its ability to communicate while avoiding some contrived message aimed directly at the receiver. Unlike music, the random chatter and clatter of life in motion refuted the composer’s creative agenda with any unclaimed aural turbulence being an approximation of Barthes’ ‘death of the author’. However, that accompanying birth of the listener was only really facilitated when an individual chose actively to meditate on these supposedly low-impact sounds.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Bigger than Word, Wider than Pictures: Noise, Affect, Politics Conference
Publisher: University of Salford
Depositing User: DJ Cookney
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 09:22
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 15:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50710

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