The Laguna Mix is composed of field recordings from the 2008 MotoGP World Championship that were manipulated in Sony Sound Forge. The composition attempts to imitate how sound waves are transformed into nerve impulses, the vibrations of bones within the ear, and the intense energy formed by sounds at Laguna Seca.
Listen to the Laguna Mix (soriano_lagunamix.mov, Quicktime Format, 1.5MB)
Why was I at the MotoGP this year? And the year before that? I’ve been an avid motorcyclist for 6 years. Luckily, I call California home and am only about 40 minutes from the Laguna Seca Raceway. During the previous year I was overwhelmed by the intensity of sound at the track and decided this year i would get some live recording. Without earplugs, the sounds are incredibly unpleasant. But after listening to my recordings from this year, I was fascinated by how amazing the sounds were.
I also find it interesting how much we depend on listening to our “machines” to determine whether they are in working order. Even since the industrial revolution the practice of listening to machines to diagnose mechanical faults has been prevalent. A great book on this subject is “Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century” by Karin Bijsterveld. She even has a section titled “Noise Compared to Stench.” It’s a great read.