Take a stroll in the Los Angeles State Historic Park and let your desired path determine your wayfinding and sonic experience of the site.
Score for Here is a site-specific sonic experience using modified field recordings and samples composed through geolocation. The project invites Los Angeles State Historic Park visitors to compose sound in real time as they navigate the park, and is streamed on the visitor’s mobile connection. A graphic score based on the park’s blueprint–designed paths, landscaping, open spaces–designates each sound element’s triggering zone while each visitor’s navigation of the site functions as an aleatory compositional principle.
The project is inspired both by the asymmetric dispute of contested boundaries and cartographies, and what is known in urban planning and landscape architecture as “desire paths.” Considering geolocative software is traditionally designed to guide and direct, Score for Here repurposes it as an aleatory compositional principle that inspires divergence.
The score is composed from sound recordings—by near and far collaborators—which resonate with their experience of belonging and connect them to their land. The recordings are processed through granular synthesis to create different textures and layers in the score’s composition. The project’s conceptual approach to the site is one of composting: the composition process breaks down and recombines the sound recordings, ridding them of their original formal qualities. Through recomposition of the sound elements, the sonic experience invites the visitors to consider boundaries and mobility. Acknowledging the site’s contested history—located on the land of the Tongva people, waves of displacement and real estate development―the composition is a proposed way of approaching the site with sounds that reverberate through layers of violence and erasure.
The app will remain available on-site indefinitely and will change overtime while the database of usable samples continues to grow. Rather than a seamless, finished artwork for consumption, the work is a morphing proposition, a catalyst for speculation and potential transformation.
Score for Here was created by Jimena Sarno, commissioned by Clockshop LA, and is funded in part by an ArtCenter Faculty Council Grant.