Phonomnesis.com is my blog, a space where I can explore language-based ideas about sound, memory, museums, listening, and time without the distraction of multimedia. Aside from trailers for the films I have reviewed, there is no visual or sonic material included on the blog, it is only words. Much of the content is early ideas for written pieces that will eventually be fine tuned later, acting like an online notebook.
The name of the blog comes from the term phonomnesis, meaning “…[A] sound that is imagined but not actually heard…a mental activity that involves internal listening: examples include recalling to memory sounds linked to a situation, or creating sound textures in the context of a composition…[T]he creation of a sound from memory, in the absence of a sound signal, is quite widespread. The simple reading of a description of the sonic universe is enough to stimulate the imagination, which will evoke an ensemble of sounds necessary for the veracity of the story. Listening is an act that can sometimes be totally mental and silent.” – excerpt from Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds, edited by Jean-François Augoyard and Henry Torgue, McGill-Queen’s University Press 2005, p. 85.
Image: Le Joueur de trompette sur fond de festin by Gerard Dou, 1660-1665.