Dimensions of Sound

Author: Jose Manuel Flores

date: June 13, 2019

Natural Reality corresponds to a Soundscape close to the reality of its acoustic ecology, that is, to raw sound, the sound as it was collected, without technological alterations.

Artificial Fiction corresponds to when the raw sound is technologically manipulated. This dimension is characterized by alterations to natural sounds, such as volume, speed, the addition of some sound effects (echo, reverb, chorus, equalization, etc.), and even the integration of other soundscapes to create an artificial, fictional landscape. It can be heard as natural, but whoever designed it knows that it is made employing layers of sounds.

Staged Authenticity, it corresponds to the process in where the sound goes through the first two dimensions to juxtapose musical elements or beats created with natural sounds, but now its result is a sound with artistic functionality.