Psychogeography Research - running thread

New Concepts:

 Solfeggio Scale

The “natural” frequencies that heal humans of various spiritual, emotional and physical ailments.  532 and 438hz are common for meditation, focus, wellbeing. 



the idea that western music is Abstract Music and that a Spectralist approach to tonal distinctions within an octave - 43 instead of 12 notes - is more corporeal is fascinating. A la the Fluid Piano.   

 Spectral music (or spectralism) is a compositional technique developed in the 1970s, using computer analysis of the quality of timbre in acoustic music or artificial timbres derived from synthesis. (from Wikipedia)


Defined in technical language, spectral music is an acoustic musical practice where compositional decisions are often informed by sonographic representations and mathematical analysis of sound spectra, or by mathematically generated spectra. The spectral approach focuses on manipulating the spectral features, interconnecting them, and transforming them. In this formulation, computer-based sound analysis and representations of audio signals are treated as being analogous to a timbralrepresentation of sound.

The (acoustic-composition) spectral approach originated in France in the early 1970s, and techniques were developed, and later refined, primarily at IRCAM, Paris, with the Ensemble l'Itinéraire, by composers such as Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail. Murail has described spectral music as an aesthetic rather than a style, not so much a set of techniques as an attitude; as Joshua Fineberg puts it, a recognition that "music is ultimately sound evolving in time".[1]Julian Anderson indicates that a number of major composers associated with spectralism consider the term inappropriate, misleading, and reductive.[2] The Istanbul Spectral Music Conference of 2003 suggested a redefinition of the term "spectral music" to encompass any music that foregrounds timbre as an important element of structure or language.[3]


At its simplest, Mythogeography is a way of walking, thinking and visiting a place on many levels at the same time. Anyone can do it. You can do it. Walking becomes a performance, walkers become performers and the route becomes their co-star.


In a city, for example, walkers become aware of their urban home as a site, a forum, a playground and a stage: all there to enjoy, understand and provoke on multiple levels:

  1. Shops, houses, streets
  2. Tourist sites, visitor centres, museums, heritage industry
  3. Visible archaeology and history
  4. Community/social/collective ambitions, hopes, disappointments, failures
  5. Personal memories and recollections
  6. Invisible and forgotten history
  7. Concealed history (crime, disease, squalor)
  8. Childhoods, loves, hates
  9. Myths, legends and rumours
  10. Private dreams, imaginings and fantasies

The levels of the city are reflected back in the many levels of the walker - the public and the private, fact and dream, admissible and inadmissible, forgotten and remembered, past and future.


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New Media/Site Specific:

One Place after Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity by Miwon Kwon


Site Specific Art: Performance, Place and Documentation by Nick Kaye


The Engagement Aesthetic: Experiencing New Media Art through Critique by Francisco Ricardo


Visual Music by Brian Eno


Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller piece in NYTimes -    


Sound Studies:

Acoustic Communication by Barry Truax


Sonic Thinking: A Media Philosophical Approach edited by Bernd Herzogenrath


Low End Theory: Bass, Bodies and the Materiality of Sonic Experience by Paul Jasen


Mixed Reality:

Performing Mixed Reality by Steve Benford and Gabriella Giannachi



Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord


Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley


Psychogeography: Disentangling the Modern Conundrum of Psyche and Place by Will Self and Ralph Steadman


You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination by Katherine Harmon


Developmental Time, Cultural Space: Studies in Psychogeography by Howard Stein


Insight and Imagination: A Study in Knowing and Not Knowing in Organizational Life by Howard Stein


A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit


Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit and Liisa Ivary


Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life by Colin Ellard


Maps from the Mind: readings in Psychogeography by William Niederland and Howard Stein


Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen


Spirits of Place by Alan Moore

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Psychogeography- how can a playful exploration of the way that physical spaces affect our emotions and behaviors inform environmentally informed projects regarding the use of spatial sound and augmented reality.


    Guy Debord - Marxist theorist coins term in 1955

    Situationist International

    wandering, urban space


        andy goldsworthy

             rivers and tides

    site-specific work


    field recording

    her long black hair - janet cardiff


  environmentalist sound projects