global collage of foundsound places to underscore your personal spaces


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"Imagine Our World"


A collage of interview texts read by a software Avatar voice:

“Imagine our World… where Nature only cares about one kind of intelligence. The intelligence that would enable us to look at the consequences of the way we are living, and judge which characteristics are detrimental to our own survival prospects, and then change our behavior accordingly.

If we can do that, then Nature will judge us to be an intelligent species. If we can't, then are we really any more intelligent than an organism like yeast, which would be behaving in exactly the same way in it's habitat - in a cocktail glass of fruit juice for example. The yeast eats up the sugar, consuming their energy source, while producing carbon dioxide, and polluting their environment with alcohol.

In the last 50 years we have enjoyed the biggest party in the history of the world, as a direct result of discovering cheap energy. We are living in the Happy Hour of our evolution. Each litre of crude oil is equivalent to about 5 weeks of human hard labour. The current generation will have consumed around half of the Worlds non-renewable resources in their lifetime. That is a stunning fact, and our demand for more and more is exponential. It is predicted that all the raw mineral mines on earth will be exhausted by the end of this century. we have come to believe that growth is the only reality.

Modern economic theory looks at the environment as being a subset of the economy…which can always grow bigger and bigger.. of course the reality of the situation is the exact opposite…as the human economy is a subset of the environment…. and if the environment falters, then the economy can't continue to grow.

Are we happier now that we have everything we could ever desire delivered at the click of a mouse? Numerous studies have concluded that there is very little correlation between prosperity and happiness. We could again be happy with less if we plan ahead.. it is worth bearing in mind that in just one hour, the sun sends earth enough energy to power the whole of humanity for one year!

There really is no excuse for us to blindly continue as if this goes on forever. As we approach a sate of Ecstatic Entropy, at the very peak of the party on this planet, are we actually any more intelligent than yeast ?
Humans will do anything to survive. Optimism is our innate state of mind.

Will it all just work out for the best... in the end?



Quotations sourced from and inspired by:
Richard Heinberg - Post Carbon Institute
Rob Hopkins - Transition Towns
'Earth from the Air'documentary
J.G Ballard interviews
Janek Schaefer







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Foundsoundscape : Notes

At the launch of foundsoundscape, it's been 20 years exactly since I created 'Recorded Delivery', which quietly collected sounds of the inner realm of the Post Office in March 1995. Back then I could only use cassettes to capture sound, and there was no internet or digital in my world. Two decades later the technical options are staggering, but simplicity and calm is more in demand than ever before.

Foundsoundscape was inspired by the very first Digital Radio station in the UK, that simply played a recording of a rural location. Radio you could just leave running to add a peaceful ambience to your environment indoors. It heralded a new media paradigm, as digital broadcasting offered more capacity than requred for the first time, and that space needed filling. At the same time on TV, Channel 4 was broadcasting Big Brother live 24hours, and at night I loved to tune-in my analogue TV sets all over the house, and the shed, so I could hear the housemates gently sleeping as I worked through the night. Since then infomercials, and gambling TV have taken over, and I greatly miss that sense of real-time space, that does not demand your attention. Foundsoundscape quietly underscores your environment, by creating new ones from others.

Radio is special as it was the first medium that could be experienced by many people in many places, all at the same time > > > Foundsoundscape.com is an online radio station that streams live 24hours a day, which can now be broadcast to people all over the globe. Using over 1000 calm & curious location recordings captured by 100+ recordists, the sounds were simply edited, and then played back three at a time at various volumes in shuffle mode, and the result is never the same twice. You often hear the edges of time as files begin or stop playing mid flow. If you listen ever so carefully you can also hear me working in the studio at the end of the garden late at night, as I have a live mic feeding into the mix. I sometimes like to work with tv radio & music playing, to absorb information, give me ideas, create and share. Email me for a shout-out!

My hope is that others will find foundsoundscape enjoyable and leave it running all day & all night long, just like a radio! It's as simple as that, with one click. A salute to serendipity and shared sonic space. Bookmark it. Play it in rooms around the house. Share it . . Take a break . . . Every day is different. Happy Daze . . . . . . .



Massive thanks to everyone who has helped make this possible

Commissioned by the Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes, UK

Programming by Efthymios Chatzigiannis & David Tinapple
Curatorial assistance by Holly Jarvis

Concept / Editing / Design / Website / Janek Schaefer

special thanks to Prof Paul Whitty - Director at SARU


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List of the 100+ audio recorders

sending sound from every corner of the globe

Selection was from an open call for contributions,
via my newslist, & online, & in print media.
The first people to send in sound were chosen by serendipity,
and I curated and edited the content.
Future participation is by invitation only.

Janek Schaefer
Chris Watson
Brian Eno
Pauline Oliveros

Hildegard Westerkamp
Christina Kubisch
Charlemagne Palestine
Phill Niblock
Philip Jeck
Martyn Ware
Annea Lockwood
British Library Sound Archive
Stephan Mathieu
Justin Bennett
William Basinski
Simon Fisher Turner
Lawrence English
Holly Jarvis
Gino Zardo
Marc Richter
Arno Peeters
Peter van Cooten
Paul Cox
Mike Weis
Knut Aufermann
Michael J. Schumacher
Philip Blackburn
Douglas Benford
Jake Muir

Chris Dooks
Felicity Ford
Darren McClure

Jeremy Young
Stuart Bannister
Robin Parmar

Yui Onodera
Lauren Bonn
Frans de Waard
Ben Gwilliam
Craig Johnson
Stuart Craig
Luis Fernandes
Philipp Ilinskiy
David Slater
Hiroki Sasajima
Chris Deison
Paul Whitty
Bas Mantel
Richard Chartier
Martin Franklin
Peter Cusack
Derek Holzer
Ben Horner
Nick Fells
Taylor Dupree
Patrick McGinley
Nickolas Mohanna
Charlotte Heffernan
Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Yan Jun
Ian Baxter
zhang zhongshu
Tomotsugu Nakamura
Chihei Hatakeyama
Yannick Dauby
William Yates
Chris Koelle
Stephen Vitiello
Rod Stasick
Jonathan Palmer
Gregory Kramer
Rob Dansby
Dave the Rave
Wouter Messchendorp
Robert Svantesson
Omer Eilam
Radboud Mens
Mary Malecka
Danny Lavie
Christopher Bradbury
Stephen Packe
Kevin Wienke
Mark Lyken
Michael Jennings
Kerry Ware
John Grzinich
Marc Namblard
Graham Dunning
Radovan Scasascia
John Wynne
Pete Warren
Craig Goods
Jason Domers
Vijay Sekhon
Robin Russell
Jan van den Brink
Yasuhiro Morinaga
Javier Ucelay Urech
Wayland Iverson
Raquel Castro
Tony Webster
Matt Wright
Jez Riley French
Robert Curgenven
Mari & Ben Minto
Cedrick Eymenier
Laurel Halo
Maggi Payne
Maria Minerva
Victoria Keddie
Marielle Jakobsons
Antye Greie Ripatti
Maria Chavez
Miya Masaoka
Julie Rousse
Laetitia Sonami
Beatriz Ferreyra
Sarah Angliss
Iris Garrelfs
John Kannenberg
Dawn Scarfe
Anne Wellmer
La Cosa Preziosa
Amy Liptrot
Signe Liden
Bethan Parkes
Sarah Peebles
Martyna Poznanska
Rowan Forestier-Walker
Karen Power
Alice Eldridge
Amanda Belantara
Poulomi Desai
Helen Frosi
Susan Martin
Cathy Lane
Rie Nakajima
Marina Rosenfeld
Rhys Chatham

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Physical Installation version / Oxford 2015

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