E-Music or Noise?

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

November 3, 2005

The high pitch noise coming from UVa's lawn sounds like aliens are landing, according to some students. But really it's the sound of music.
A very different type of music called ecology or E-music, for environment.

"It captures a kind of relationship that's been created between the music of the world around us and the music that we create in the studio," said Judith Shatin, a music composer and a UVa Professor.

"Music for Lawn Games no. 3" as it is called, was constructed and composed by Ted Coffey. Six different parabolic dishes were spread out on the UVa lawn, each making its own "music." Coffey said he added a few familiar sounds to his masterpiece.

"Sounds of insects, sounds of ducks, recordings of loons," said Ted Coffey, a music composer and a UVa Professor.

The dishes were positioned so faculty and students walking by can hear the different pitches, since no two people can hear the same thing at the same time. Although some people were a bit confused by all the noise, Coffey just wants them to understand music doesn't always have a category.

"It's going to sound like alien space invaders music but beyond that I definitely want to make something that's beautiful and that you find some beauty in," said Coffey.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in this case, music is in ear of the listener.


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