Evoking the Mythic: Hearing the Sound of Sukhāvatī

Evans, Matthew and Hall, Simon and Dooley, James (2021) Evoking the Mythic: Hearing the Sound of Sukhāvatī. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 8 (27). pp. 1-8. ISSN ISSN: 2409-9708

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Buddhism has a rich visual history of ancient paintings and sculpture used to evoke spiritual and archetypal concepts. One of the key figures in Mahayana Buddhism is the celestial Buddha Amitabha, also known as the Buddha of Infinite Light. Several Buddhist texts describe the “Sukhāvatī” the land that that Amitabha inhabits. The texts not only describe the physical characteristics of this environment but also the soundscape. This paper discusses the process of transcoding an image of Amitabha into sound to create an interactive sonic environment. This process explores how choosing sounds based upon the literary description, can be a way of creating a link between an image and the literary counterpart.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.4108/eai.31-3-2021.169171
17 March 2021Accepted
31 March 2021Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interactive audiovisual composition, image and sound interaction, transcoding
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Music
Depositing User: Simon Hall
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 09:23
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:53
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11972

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