War Of The Words - Soundscape

June 14, 2017

 

The piece explores the themes that litter the world of fake news, i.e. truth, lies, conspiracies, knowns and unknowns. The narrative structure (a space journey) is a metaphor for how human society navigates through these themes every day. The different galaxies that the spacecraft flies through are a metaphor for the different “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers” that many people get lost in. The use of Siri’s voice as the narrator is a metaphor for the robotic algorithms that guide us into these filter bubbles and echo chambers.

 

It is important to mention that the final galaxy, which the listener experiences after they are “ejected from the spacecraft” into the “unknown/s” is a reflection of how each of us is ultimately individually responsible for who and what we choose to believe. We may be guided to explore certain beliefs, however we all have the power to assess and choose. I hope that the piece brings exactly this thought to the listener’s mind – i.e. What and why have you chosen to believe what you have. The final sound of shattering glass should reinforce the idea of illusion in the listener’s mind. It may be confusing - you were on a space journey so shouldn’t it have landed? Maybe you forgot for a moment that sound also doesn’t exist in space. You are not necessarily left where you started if you investigate the truth.

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Sound Designer & Producer from Sydney, Australia.