shut up and listen! 2011 Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art ABOUT          PROGRAMME          SUAL AWARD           PRESS          IMPRESSUM          SUAL HOME SHUT UP AND LISTEN! AWARD 2011 Cormac Crawley (IE) Port of Call - Soundscape composition  -  Port of Call The port, as an interface, offers access from land to water, from water to land, north to south and east to  west. It is the beating heart of many cities, towns and villages. With a broad band of sound such as the  roaring of the ocean our ears often play tricks with us. We may imagine sounds; plucked from its vast  spectrum of frequencies.The piece offers a chronological description of how the port has had an ongoing  effect on the lives around it. Also presented is the effect that those around the port have had on this once  tranquil soundscape; previously only disturbed by nature itself. A montage of sounds emerge from the ocean  and develop from natural and harmonious to unnatural and sometimes dissonant depicting human  interference and pollution of the soundscape. The struggle between human and environment is portrayed as  a sway of events throughout the piece; natural and unnatural.   Cormac Crawley Cormac is a postgraduate student of Queen’s University, Belfast.  Having completed his MA in Music  Technology he enrolled in the Sonic Arts Research Centre of Queen’s to further explore the research interests he realised during his Masters.  His PhD is based on interactive composition in relation to the natural audible  environment. He develops interactive scenarios that harness the relationship between environment and the  audio produced in that environment.  Cormac’s research is tied closely to acoustic ecology. In his  compositions and installations he attempts to personify harmonious relationships within the soundscape  whilst also highlighting causal relationships of negligence and dissonance.  This often involves the use of  sensory technology interacting with various aspects of the climatic environment which will ultimately assist  the compositional output.