Quote of the Week: The Unheard West

Jeff Rice (pictured above) and Kenning Arlitsch’s efforts in constructing an audio archive of the sounds of the American west was the subject of a recent story in the Los Angeles Times (latimes.com). Says their colleague Gordon Hempton of the contraction inherent in their endeavor:

    “You don’t know what you’re listening for because you haven’t heard it.”

Rice’s audio provides a score to Maya Lin’s “What is Missing?” installation, due to open September 17 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. More on the Lin piece at sfgate.com and at mayalin.com. Visit Rice and Arlitsch’s westernsoundscape.org. (Thanks to Rob Walker of robwalker.net, murketing.com, significantobjects.com, unconsumption.tumblr.com, and various other projects for the tip.) Photo by Allen J. Schaben for the Los Angeles times.

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