Between 1939 and 1952, American artist John Cage developed a series of pieces called Imaginary Landscapes. He made 5 of them. They used a variety of objects ranging from tin cans to marimbulas and from conch shells to water gongs but they always had “something that uses electricity”. In Cage’s own words: “It’s not a physical landscape. It’s a term reserved for the new technologies. It’s a landscape in the future. It’s as though you used technology to take you off the ground and go like Alice through the looking glass.”
The sound material was organised into 6 scenes:
- Scene 1 – binaural recordings of exteriors
- Scene 2 – instrumental gestures
- Scene 3 – radio recordings
- Scene 4 – spoken text
- Scene 5 – religious chanting or expressions
- Scene 6 – household noises
Some of the used sounds are downloaded from Freesound, a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds for browsing, downloading and sharing sound. The list of used sounds is available in this link. Other songs are recorded using a pair of binaural microphones, and instrument sounds and other noises have been composed.
The speakers who collaborate with this initiative were: Monica Bayo, Anna Costal, Xavier Fina, Maria Franch, Gisela Garcia, Gemma Gascón, David González, Elisenda Gutés, Perfecto Herrera, Melissa Mercadal, Antonio-Germán Palacios, Fèlix Pastor, Adrià Serrano, Rosa Tamarit, Marc Urrutia, Daniel Val.