The Sound

I once made a couple of songs.

So to let you know, I’m intrigued by electronically produced music. I often listen to that kind of music. And yes, I do mean listen. But what I believe is more compelling is that this passion got me into creating soundscapes that in turn allowed me to master the classes “ethnomusicology”. Here’s the thing.

As I did not have any background in musical theory nor analysis, I had to find another way of understanding the whole thing. I tried to to understand the musical theory by producing “chains of noises”. I could count on a guy named “Wannes” and a piece of software known as “Fruity Loops”. Wannes mastered classical music theory and was quite into electronic music as well. Hum, to say the least. Wannes is a walking iTunes. But anyway, he explained me some key principIes about music and introduced me to FL.

The rest is history. I made soundscapes to understand the theory.

I enjoyed the struggle. And I made it through the course. Even got nice grades. Guess because I did something completely different compared to the musicology students. I made soundscapes and empowered them with ethnographic research on today’s “Goa culture” in Belgium. While other students choose to have a classic powerpoint presentation with an in-depth description of an exotic instrument, I produced pieces of “noise” and put on my raving shoes so to carefully document those parties and everything it surrounds.

No documentation about those rave parties here. If you want want info on that, I think you should go to a party.
But below however is the soundscape experience. Note that it should be looked at as one big journey. The entire soundscape is available on spreaker as an episode.
Oh! And No worries. For future endeavors, I’ll keep it to the writing part.


I once made a couple of paintings.

Maybe I want to put those (eum..) masterpieces online.
Check back soon.

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8 Responses to The Sound

  1. I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your site.Keep the aarticles coming. I enjoyed it!

    • ibtisam says:

      I love this – and totally agree with you. When I read my books to kids, I’m alayws making great sounds and loads of onomatopeoia, even if it’s not written in the book. Using tone in the voice is so enthralling for kids, too – using different voices for different characters, etc. I have specific voices for many of my kids’ favourite storybooks (and for the favourite stuffed toys!) and they love it. My son’s favourite kangaroo does have a cockney accent, though – must have been on the sauce when I invented that one.Thanks for the Wild Music link.

      • vermeiretim says:

        Your children are very lucky to have such a story teller near them. It’s remarkable but thrilling that you like these sound scapes aka Wild Music. Thanks for listening. Keep telling stories :)

  2. Adit says:

    Yes, you’re correct. I think that’s an important point that not all natural sounds are associated with harmony, peace and tranquility… they can very well be cacophonous, dissonant and annoying. The same with birdsong, although it’s predominantly pleasurable to listen to I’m sure I’m not the only one who has become irritated by the sound of birds singing outside whilst unable to sleep, particularly during the summer months. I like your blog! -Ed

    • vermeiretim says:

      Hi Ed, I agree with your points. If you look at it on a global scale harmony, peace and tranquility isn’t a must in music. It’s remarkable and interesting to see how Western Music theory dominated and dominates our entire thinking on “music” whereas music is mere an extension of natural speech and consequently is a rather culture-dependent thing.

  3. vermeiretim says:

    Your children are very lucky to have such a story teller near them. It’s remarkable but thrilling that you like these sound scapes. Thanks for listening. Keep telling stories :)

  4. Thanks like your The Sound Whispers through the Web

    • vermeiretim says:

      nice :)

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