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Month: November 2020

Travels in circles, The Imaginary Soundscape

Paul noble

I looked at some pieces of work by Paul Noble and this piece in particular caught my attention when thinking about how sound travels in a circle.

Since my representation follows the idea of an imaginary soundscape influenced by the real soundscapes that surround us, I wanted to think about the idea of doing another drawing based on my first drawing using shapes specifically spherical shapes very similar to Paul noble’s approach above.

The circular shapes would vary in size depending on the volume as the bigger  they are, the more space they cover on the page very similar to how the louder a noise is, the further it travel and the more space it covers.

Last week I started creating a stop motion of my original drawing coming to life, I am now also adding this second piece that will build above the piece and then be revealed by the map line I edited in last week.

So far this is what I have but once I finish my drawing, I will then be able to finish the video.

I think where I am going with this further shows how my final piece could represent many soundscapes by using unidentifiable shapes that map the soundscape in a way that makes it imaginary


Mapping the imaginary Soundscape

I took my original drawing and the edited image to see other ways that I could map the soundscape using what I have created so far and perhaps take this into my next drawings that I hope to create.

I started creating a kind of map using the combination of these two images. This experiment is a made up route/location but I think it would be interesting to show my actual route to create something similar.

When I do my next drawing I could consider more the composition in correlation to the route of my journey.

The soundscape of Imagination

Using sound alone from the sound walk without the influence of the visuals I see, I am creating imaginary representations of the soundscape around me using pen on paper as pen creates an amazing blend with limited colour yet large variety of tones.

Blending like how the individual sounds in the world blend together in to one. Alongside doing this I have been gathering images of my process that I will compile into a video that will contain the sounds that influenced my map of the soundscape to show the building of the sounds being merged together into one.

My aim with these pieces of work is to create something initially quite scrambled to look at from a viewers perspective where it may be a struggle to see the individual parts of the piece but as the viewer focuses in on particular sections hopefully the soundscape will become much more clearer.

Since I want to continue creating multiple drawings, I started to mess around with editing to see if that could take me anywhere like changing the colour and distorting the drawing to create different moods.

Mapping the Soundscape



After going on a live walk and capturing audio, pictures and thoughts. I wanted to start bring some ideas together on how I want to map the soundscape so I  started creating a small sound collage with pen.

The pen really helped to merge the aspects of the drawing to replicate how sound merges together to create one overall atmosphere and mood.

Although the project is in it’s early stages, I really would like to create something like this on a larger scale, combining sounds together to create a finished pieces that will eventually look like many marks on paper, but when concentrating closely on each aspect, the individual sounds reveal themselves.

When drawing the sounds, I am not trying to draw what I know the sound is but rather what it could be or what it sounds like if I was to close my eyes. This will show the very specific focus on sound alone, I don’t want what I see to take part in how I create my piece.

After creating this small experiment, I do feel as though this could work as although there are only a few aspects to this drawing, they already seem to be blending well with one another so I hope that if I was to do this on a larger scale where I combine the sounds from the soundwalk, everything would blend together. Mapping the Soundscape.



For this project, I am looking more into the use of pen as I understand its usefulness to combine many things to the point will all the aspects are merging with each other mostly because of the limit of being greyscale.


I found an artist called Kyle Leonard who applies pen with dots, making full pieces of work that blend many aspects together that you can look at for hours trying to spot all the hidden parts.

I would love to create a piece using this dot method but I would really need to think about the time constraints so I will need to experiment with this idea and maybe take a slightly different application approach.


Olivia takes  a different approach to her mark making, using mostly lines and cross hatching which I think creates more of a merging affect in comparison to Kyle as the individual parts of the drawing are much less defined which is exactly what I want to go for.

This kind of work encourages the artist to  look hard for the parts that make up the drawing which I believe can represent sound very well.




Gathering Media

I have started listening to some of the audio and took some out that I thought I could within my experimentation before using a lot more of the media.

I think the range of sounds, some even from around the world, will make for a very interesting outcome.

I found that even some of the audio sounded like things that they are not like the first audio clip was the sound of a suitcase but in my mind I was hearing rain or the heavy flapping of a birds wings.

Some text I wrote along my journey was:

  • Never ending drills make me in vision a giant woodpecker knocking on a tree trunk. Or an inbound helicopter coming in to land.
  • Instant change of atmosphere from a busy street into a room of silence and knowledge
  • Bike creates whirring noises like the buzz of a swarm of bees
  • clashing of keyrings and zips creating a metronome to people’s footsteps.

Initial Thoughts

Since this project as based on representing a large and vast soundscape. I want to think about sound as a whole being a blur and a merge of so many different sounds which would create the sound of a city, a forest or the coast.

I want to somehow show the individual aspects of the soundscape but I want to create something that is to be viewed as a whole. where the the individual parts may become much less visible yet are very much there. I think this approach suits sound well as we hear sound as a whole to the point where some aspects become difficult to hear as they blend in to the thick texture of sound.

Thinking about possible mediums for this project, I think a pen drawing could work really well as marks tend to blend in to each other really  well but I will need to do some research of how artists approach the medium.

A Wall of Innocence

Since my portrait was dry enough to work on top of, I added the daisies to my shirt that would represent innocence and explain the upwards movement of my head and neck as if I am trying to escape it.

The addition of the daisies is very subtle which I really like. I also tried digitally editing my piece as a bit of an experimentation as I bring this project to a close. I ended up creating a growing wall from me shirt up to the top of my head, making me look as though I am suffocating  and fighting for air against a wall of innocence which just worked really well with the narrative of my work.

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