For the new vinyl release by “Research and Waves” Louise Vind Nielsen contributes this new sound piece; “The music stops, and now… What’s that?” which allows us to listen with external ears. Three human beings are exposed to a composition of abstract synthesizer music and sounds. Using only voice or language they imitate and describe what they hear. The piece “tickles” us in the place in which the limits of language plays tricks on us and where the boundaries of the human voice starts restraining expression rather than conveying it.
“The music stops, and now… What’s that?” gives us a dubious insight into how we listen, perceive, understand and transmit the sounds we hear. “Dubious” in this case pointing towards the impossibility of a universal, objective and transparent understanding of the process. In her essay “Aural intimacy” Salome Voegelin speaks of “sonic doubt” and Pauline Oliveros states that “listening is very close to what we call consciousness”. As with the human voice and language, the process of listening can’t seem to escape the “pollution” of the unconscious, causing transparency only be be transparent at a given moment in time.
“The music stops, and now… What’s that?” is based on Nielsens performance “Human Amplifier”, in which her live concert solely amplified and heard through the voices of a number of performers taking over the role of loudspeakers.