Caves, Dwellings & Vibration: Sonic Meditation with Zeynep Bulut and Ignota Books
This is an edited recording of Sonic Meditation with Zeynep Bulut and Ignota Books This discussion took place during day 2 of Caves, Dwellings & Vibration, a two-day programme deepening and complexifying our relationship with caves through talks, music, film and performances.
Zeynep Bulut talks about listening to depth, surface, and margins of sounds, considering Deep Listening practice, developed by composer Pauline Oliveros. Drawing on Oliveros’ collected writings, Sounding the Margins (Deep Listening, 2010), and Quantum Listening (Ignota, 2022), she discusses multiple modalities of sound, listening, and sensing and re-configuring a physical and social environment. As part of the talk, she presented a sonic meditation.
Zeynep Bulut is a Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include voice and sound studies, experimental music, sound and media art, technologies of hearing and speech, and music and medicine. Her first manuscript, titled, Building a Voice: Sound, Surface, Skin (under contract with Goldsmiths Press), explores the emergence, embodiment, and mediation of voice as skin. Her articles have appeared in various volumes and journals including Perspectives of New Music, Postmodern Culture, and Music and Politics. Alongside her scholarly work, she has also exhibited sound works, composed and performed vocal pieces for concert, video, and theatre, and released two singles. Her composer profile has been featured by British Music Collection. She is a certified practitioner of Deep Listening, and project lead for the collaborative research initiative “Map A Voice.”
Ignota Books is an experiment in the techniques of awakening. Founded in the last days of 2017 in the Peruvian mountains, Ignota publishes at the intersection of technology, myth-making and magic. Deriving their name from Hildegard of Bingen’s mystical ‘Lingua Ignota’, the press seek to develop a language that makes possible the reimagining and reenchantment of the world around us.