Sound and Ambience

‘Fontana Mix’, John Cage (1958)
‘Sound and Ambience’, Zahra El Cheikh-Ali (2016)
‘Sound Drawing’, Zahra El Cheikh-Ali (2016)

The way we read architecture and the city through the technique “As the sounds that one listens to when there is silence”, is portrayed through the change and the shifts that focus from physical form of architecture to space. The sounds in a room can helps us notice things and can create a comfortable feeling. For my audio I have recorded lots of different sounds in the space around UTS. These sounds were shortened and cut into 1 or 2 seconds, then put together to form a 30 second audio that plays multiple different sounds that one listens to when in silence. This idea was influenced by Fontana Mix which was produced by John Cage, where he also puts multiple different sounds together. This then further lead me to do draw a graph of the sounds, which I tried to replicate John Cage’s scores but in my own way and interpretation. Cage’s music depended on his graph, while my graph depended on my sounds which I had to alter. Cage’s drawing is supposed to allow the viewer to interpret his drawing in any way, while my one specifically represents different things. So the squiggly lines determine the different sounds. The dots state the order that the sounds were recorded. The grid helps determine the volume, so the higher the volume the higher the pitch, and the straight line helps show approximately the time in the day the sounds were recorded.

Reference list

John cage. (1958). John Cage — Fontana Mix (Vinyl Rip). [Online Video]. 15 August 2012. Available from: [Accessed: 5 June 2016].

John Cage, (1958), Fontana Mix [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 5 June 2016].

Larry larson. 2016. John Cage. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 31 May 2016].