Darren Copeland

Sound Artist

The Absent Listener – Help Page

This iteration of The Absent Listener is an automated soundscape generator. I have made a computer algorithm that generates compositions based on soundscape recordings made on my home property (22 KM west of South River, Ontario, Canada) during the spring months between 2019 and 2021. To create a composition, choose from the parameters in the setup page and return later to experience it at the listening page. Processing time can vary anywhere from within the same hour of submission to the next day. 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 my home during specific periods of the spring.

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. The max is 90 minutes.

Rate of Change: this determines how many different recording segments will be included in the overall duration of the audio. The smaller this value is the longer time the recording segments will last and therefore unfold naturally as they did in the original recording. This value can not be larger than twice the duration. Therefore, a duration of 5 minutes will have a maximum rate of change of 10.

Name: 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 advance to the listening page. While waiting, you can explore compositions generated by other listeners.