Text To Speech 18: Space within Space: Artificial Reverb and the Detachable Echo by Jonathan Sterne (2015)

Thu, May 16, 2019
Programming Series

Organized by Western Front, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and VIVO Media Arts Centre

Join us at VIVO as we an essay by sound studies scholar Jonathan Sterne, "Space within Space: Artificial Reverb and the Detachable Echo."


For more details, or to request a PDF of the reading, contact education@vivomediaarts.com

Abstract: The article focuses on artificial reverberation as a practice that carries forward the modernist proposition which the author calls the “detachable echo,” the elimination of a necessary, given relationship between a sound and its reverberation in space. The detachable echo multiplied spatial perspectives for listeners and proliferated possible sonic configurations and modes of representation, thus granting sonic space a new level of plasticity. The separation of sound and reverberation did not lead to the discarding of the latter “noise,” as some acousticians may have argued, but rather to an increased mobility, flexibility, and layering of acoustic space that are now becoming especially pronounced with augmented and mixed reality.

Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text to Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).