catalog number: and.p34
artist: CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI
title: Found Soundscape: C-SPAN Presidential Inauguration, January 20, 2009
release year: 2009
01. C-SPAN Presidential Inauguration, January 20, 2009
A found soundscape culled with no internal edits captured from CSPAN
by Christopher DeLaurenti immediately after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama
on January 20, 2009. Despite sounding mostly mono, slight variations in phase and
amplitude make this a stereo file. The first in a series of raw, panoramic soundscapes heard
in and winnowed from everyday life.
Christopher DeLaurenti is a Seattle based composer, improvisor, and phonographer.
A new music rabble-rouser, he also writes music reviews and articles for several publications.
DISQUIET (APRIL, 2009)
Sound artist and composer Christopher DeLaurenti is becoming the Studs Terkel of
silence. He’s best known for his recordings of symphony halls in between concert
performances, when the musicians are tuning their instruments and, occasionally,
playing brief melodic phrases either solo or in spur-of-the-moment groupings (disquiet.
com). If Terkel set the standard for documenting the world in the original voices of his
interviewees, DeLaurenti deserves credit for his dogged documentation of the
presumed silences in human interaction — recordings of passing sounds that he
frames, thus allowing them to tell their own stories.
Among his recent discoveries is a 40-minute soundscape “captured from CSPAN,” the
cable channel dedicated to broadcasting the U.S. government in action — or, as
DeLaurenti shows, also inaction. The track was recorded following President Barack
Obama’s inauguration, and in it you can hear helicopter noise, the mumbling of
bureaucrats, and a crowd consumed by its ebullience (MP3). The track, “Found
Soundscape: C-SPAN Presidential Inauguration, January 20, 2009,” was released earlier
this year as a free download on the and/OAR label.