The class of empathetic sounds

Sebastian Świąder

Composers develop an extraordinary ability to listen in to the imagination and mood of other people, as well as translate emotions into the language of sounds and pass them on further. Remembering that music can evoke a similar mood and feelings in strangers, we will try to use sounds to practice empathy.

How to really listen to another person? Is it possible to write down someone’s or one’s own emotions in sounds? With the use of simple instruments and atypical methods of sound notation we will try to compose melodies and design musical tracks. We will check how to convey someone’s perspective of looking at the world through ears and vibrations. We will test out looping and recording. We will also build simple musical machines which, like barrel organs, will be able to play the sounds we recorded on demand.