Distant Acoustics: Breaking the Sound Barrier

Plane breaking the sound barrier

Each sub-exhibit (Aqua Acoustics, Harmonious Ecoacoustics, and Dissonant Ecoacoustics) was carefully chosen to guide the reader and listener to catechize the dichotomous relationship between humans and nature. The sound bytes presented here push the listener to question further, effectively, “breaking the sound barrier” formed by the previous sub-exhibits that only paint a sonic portrait of Furman University’s ecoacoustic environment. Sounds from outside this environment are showcased in an effort to show that how we (as students of Furman University) perceive, evaluate, and gain meaning from these “Furman sounds” is affected by the sounds that we’ve heard in other places. Here are a few looks into several of the innumerable sonic histories that Furman students carry with them.