Darren Copeland

Sound Artist

The Absent Listener – Help Page

To create a composition, choose from the parameters in the setup page, then click on the button “Render and Listen” and then press play on the stream player in the upper left corner. If there is an issue contact Darren Copeland.

Here is an explanation of the parameters available for selection:

From/To: These two values provide a range of start and end dates from which the audio will choose content from. The wider the range the more diverse the soundscapes will be that are rendered. A narrow range is recommended for those inquiring on what the soundscape might sound like at a specific time.

Night/Morning/Afternoon/Evening: These values can be selected individually or in any combination to determine the times of day that will be included in the audio. These periods are in 6 hour groupings: Night – 00:00 to 6:00; Morning – 6:00 to 12:00; Afternoon – 12:00 to 18:00; Evening – 18:00 to 23:59. Note that dawn occurs in the morning grouping in March but shifts to the Night grouping by May. Choosing all of the groupings will produce a more diverse result, only one will yield more cohesiveness.

Duration: the length of time you wish the audio to play for. Range is 5 to 90 minutes.

Rate of Change: this determines how many different recording segments will be included in the overall duration of the composition. The smaller this value is, the longer amount of time the recording segments will last, and therefore, will more closely resemble the original recording. The larger the value the more often the recording segments will change. This value can not be larger than twice the duration. Therefore, a duration of 5 minutes will only produce a maximum rate of change of 10.

Name: Give a title or leave a name that is real, fictional or imaginary for identifying your iteration of the piece.

Render and Listen: Click this button to submit your settings and listen to the result.