shut up and listen! 2011
Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art
SHUT UP AND LISTEN! AWARD 2011
Christopher Haworth (UK)
Correlation Number One - 8-Channel Computer Music Composition
Correlation Number One
Correlation Number One is a work about the curious act of 'listening to oneself listening'. An 8-channel
computer music composition, it uses pairs of high frequency tones to generate distortion-product
otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) in the listener’s ears, which means that the sounds you hear are entirely
subjective. In contrast to much contemporary sound studies discourse which favours a depiction of the ear
as a passive receiver, defenceless against an onslaught of sound from all sides, the work proffers a notion of
the ear as an active, productive sense organ - an instrument, in and of itself.
Christopher is an artist currently studying for his PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Northern Ireland.
He studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London, followed by postgraduate study in music at
Goldsmiths College. His current research focuses on the compositional deployment of psychoacoustic effects
in spatial music, where the ear itself emerges as an active participant in the work. Aside from his academic
work he has released two albums for Sonic360 Records under the moniker ‘Littl Shyning Man’. He recently
collaborated with artist Tim O’Riley on the AHRC funded research project ‘Accidental Journey’, providing a
118 minute soundtrack to a real-time 3D animation of a single orbit around the lunar surface.
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