Darren Copeland

Sound Artist

The Absent Listener – Listening Page

When a submitted composition is ready the player below will display the title and the red rectangle in the upper corner will disappear.

All compositions generated since May 2021, including those that were not streamed immediately, appear in the archive player below. Note that multiple compositions can be played simultaneously from the archive.

Please listen using either headphones or full-range loudspeakers. The content has a wide dynamic and frequency range and may not come across very well on built-in device speakers.

To aid in your listening it is helpful to understand the structure of the filenames. Following the name given by the listener the remainder of the filename shows the chosen parameters from the setup page. For example, “Darren_501_503_1_0_0_1_5_6.mp3” is a piece that was named “Darren” and the listener chose a date range of May 1 to 3 comprised of evening and night recordings for a total duration of 5 minutes and a rate of change of 6. Visit the help page for explanation of how these variables influence the resulting compositions.

Thank you to Sonia Paço-Rocchia for programming assistance, RE:FLUX Festival 2021 for presenting the first iteration of The Absent Listener and to The Canada Council for the Arts for their financial support. Thank you also to Ian Jarvis for his programming assistance since July 2022 which has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Visit the soundcloud links below to listen to “through-composed” pieces in The Absent Listener series which use same recordings as the ones for the automated online version.

The Absent Listener is supported with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

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