Imagining the Sounds Themselves

Malcolm Riddoch investigates the relationship between the auditory imagination and our perception of sound. He states that, from a physical perspective, both imaginary and ex­ternally stimulated sound would seem to be the product of neurological processes. From a phenomenological perspective, however, phenomenal sound is fundamentally something that is heard. This apparent paradox leads Riddoch, via the “hard problem of conscious­ness,” to present and discuss a number of different forms and understandings of “sound” and to eventually posit that the sounds themselves—imagined or externally stimulated—are “nonphysical phenomena disclosed in the lived experience of hearkening to the mean­ingful sounds one hears in the world.”

Malcolm Riddoch. “Imagining the Sounds Themselves.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination, Volume 1. Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard, Mads Walther-Hansen and Martin Knakkergaard eds.: Oxford University Press, 2019-09-26.

On the Constant Dissolution of the Same

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: 4th-25th August, 2016
Opening: Thursday 4th August, 6-8pm
Facebook event
Live audio recording cycling into electroacoustic decay



“Only those who already understand can hearken [zuhören]”
Martin Heidegger, Being and Time

On entering this world there is contact as sound objects impact one’s sense organs of hearing, the ear but also the body. On contact there arises the familiar sensation of hearing  the sounds in this world. With the constant arising of sensation there arises feeling, belonging and understanding. With the arising of understanding, one has already entered into this world of the familiar sounds themselves, the world of our everyday being, and so the cycle of becoming continues without beginning. And yet having always already entered this world, there was already contact of sound objects with the sense organs of hearing, and with this fading contact there is the constant fading away of the sensation of hearing. With the fading away of sensation there is also the constant fading away of feeling, belonging and understanding. With the constant dissolution of understanding, one has already entered into this everyday world of the familiar sounds themselves, and so the cycle of becoming is constantly dissolving into the same.

Dr Malcolm Riddoch’s sonic arts practice melds experimental electroacoustic techniques and phenomenological method in an investigation of acousmatic listening and the electronic transformation of soundscapes; notions of indeterminacy in composition for installation and performance; the use of whole acoustic spaces in sound art installation and music performance; and electroacoustic feedback as an embodied, intentional, temporalizing process. His medium is non-tonal, timbrally focused and technologically organised sound, where thematic dissolution is his sonic theme.

Deep Days, Listening Nights 001

lescaleetJason Lescalleet w. Zeug Gezeugt
Thursday 21 July, 7pm
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch, NZ

Altmusic and the Audio Foundation announce
A series of concerts, workshops and films relating to LISTENING

On Thursday 21 July, please join us at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu to help kick things into motion. JASON LESCALLEET will perform w. local support provided by ZEUG GEZEUGT!

Jason Lescalleet is a celebrated experimental electronic music artist whose influence on the contemporary avant-garde is hard to overstate. From lo-fi reel-to-reel soundscaping, work for hand-held cassette machines, to digital sampling and computer generated composition, Jason Lescalleet has exploded the notion of what is possible within the realm of tape-based music.

Zeug Gezeugt is the nom de plume of electro-acoustic voyager and phenomenological scrutiniser, Malcolm Riddoch.

See; for more info.
and for other events happening in Christchurch.

Thursday 21 July @ Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, doors open 7pm
$20 on the door // presales $15 from UTR –

These events are presented by Audio Foundation, on behalf of Altmusic, with support from Creative New Zealand, and in association with Liminal Music, Deep Listening?, and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu.