Listening to the sounds we can’t hear

If you have ever wondered about the sounds of an insect eating a leaf, or even the mist condensing on a window, you are not alone.

These are the kind of sounds which sonic artist Diane Willow hopes to collect with a new microphone she will use for her work “Listening to the Silent Landscape of the Everyday.”

Willow, who teaches at the University of Minnesota will gather sounds with a highly sensitive contact microphone which allows her to listen in the tiny sounds all around us which are beyond the sensitivity of normal human hearing.

Willow, who came to the U from MIT, has used other recordings in sculptures and other works. She will develop interactive pieces from the new recordings.

You can see at video of “Serenade,” a piece she did in Beijing here

  • Very cool idea, and a very interesting video.